Millennium Health (formerly Millennium Laboratories) agreed to pay $256 million to resolve charges it billed Medicare for medically unnecessary urine drug and genetic testing. According to the government, Millennium caused physicians to order excessive numbers of urine drug tests, in part through the promotion of “custom profiles,” which instead of being tailored to individual patients were in effect standing orders that caused physicians to order large number of tests without an individualized assessment of each patient’s needs. The government further alleged that Millennium’s provision of free point of care urine drug test cups to physicians — expressly conditioned on the physicians’ agreement to return the urine specimens to Millennium for hundreds of dollars’ worth of additional testing — violated the Stark Law and the Anti-Kickback Statute. The case originated from several whistleblower lawsuits filed under thequi tam provisions of the False Claims Act. The whistleblowers will collectively receive whistleblower awards amounting to roughly $32 million. Whistleblower Insider
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