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November 28, 2018

Dr. Thomas Baker, Dr. Carolyn Kochert, Dr. Larry L. Zhou, and Dr. Julie Y. Chao, have agreed to settle with the United States Government for violation of the Federal False Claims Act, the Physician Self-Referral law (“Stark”), and the Anti-Kickback Statute due to their involvement in a kickback scheme with Southwest Laboratories and Medscan Laboratory, thus causing false claims to be submitted to Medicare. The four physicians will pay a total amount of over $1.5 million. The individual amounts paid are as follows: Dr. Baker, of Tennessee - $484,481.80; Dr. Kochert, of Indiana - $129,682.84; Dr. Zhou, of Kentucky - $277,758.18; Dr. Chao, of Indiana - $650,000. DOJ

November 20, 2018

Gray Wesley Barrow, a doctor and co-owner of Louisiana Spine & Sports LLC, a pain management clinic in Baton Rouge, has pleaded guilty to receiving approximately $336,000 in unlawful kickbacks.  According to the plea, between 2014 and 2016 Barrow sent urine specimens collected from his patients to a drug testing laboratory that agreed to pay him a percentage of the reimbursements paid to the laboratory by health care benefit programs including Medicare. DOJ; USAO M.D. La.

September 19, 2018

Calloway Laboratories, Inc.—a Massachusetts-based clinical laboratory—has been ordered to pay a civil judgment of $1,374,058 to settle claims first brought to light by a former employee in a whistleblower lawsuit. The laboratory allegedly violated the Anti-Kickback Statute, Stark Law, and False Claims Act over the course of six months by providing free testing supplies to doctors in exchange for referrals and then submitting reimbursement claims for testing arising from these improper referrals to Medicare and TRICARE. USAO EDKY

August 29, 2018

Atlantic Mobile Imaging Services, Inc. has agreed to pay $321,388.50 to settle allegations that it knowingly billing federal healthcare programs over $160,000 for x-ray services provided while it was unlicensed, in violation of the False Claims Act. The alleged fraud took place over a span of six months in 2015. USAO MDFL

December 21, 2017

Rhode Island-based Dominion Diagnostics, Inc. agreed to pay $815,000 to resolve claims of violating the False Claims Act by presenting claims to Medicare and Vermont Medicaid for urine specimen validity testing when referring physicians did not specifically order the testing. DOJ (DVT)

December 12, 2017

Mobile imaging companies PDQ Imaging Services, LLC, PDQ Ultrasound Services, LLC, PDQ Mobile X-Ray Services, PDQ Mobile X-Ray, LLC, along with their owners Dennis Whitsell and Jonathan Graham Lane, agreed to pay $300,000 to settle charges of violating the False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback Statute by improperly billing Medicare for transportation charges related to portable x-ray services and paying kickbacks to skilled nursing facilities in exchange for patient referrals. The allegations originated in a whistleblower lawsuit filed under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act by Kevin P. McDonough and Boyd K. Billington. They will receive a whistleblower award of roughly $60,000 from the proceeds of the government's recovery. DOJ (EDTX)

October 20, 2017

Jacksonville-based toxicology lab Total Lab Care, LLC agreed to pay $212,500 to resolve allegations it violated the False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback Statute by improperly paying a physician for referring toxicology samples.  DOJ (MDFL)

September 11, 2017

Family Medicine Centers of South Carolina LLC agreed to pay $1.56 million, and the company's principal owner and former CEO Dr. Stephen F. Serbin and its former Laboratory Director Victoria Serbin, agreed to pay $443,000 to settle charges they violated the False Claims Act and Stark Law.  Specifically, the government alleged FMC’s incentive compensation plan improperly paid FMC’s physicians a percentage of the value of laboratory and other diagnostic tests that they personally ordered through FMC.  Dr. Serbin allegedly initiated this program and reminded FMC’s physicians that they needed to order tests and other services through FMC in order to increase FMC’s profits and to ensure that their take-home pay remained in the upper level nationwide for family practice doctors.  The allegations originated in a whistleblower lawsuit filed under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act by former FMC physician Dr. Catherine A. Schaefer.  She will receive a whistleblower award of $340,510 from the proceeds of the government's recovery. DOJ

Family Medicine Centers Settles Whistleblower False Claims Act Charges

Posted  09/12/17
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team A South Carolina family medical practice chain, along with its owner and laboratory director, agreed to pay roughly $2 Million to settle charges of violating the False Claims Act and Stark Law which prohibits physician self-referrals. Specifically, Family Medicine Centers of South Carolina (FMC) agreed to pay $1.56 million, and FMC's principal owner Dr. Stephen F. Serbin and former Laboratory Director Victoria Serbin agreed...

June 20, 2017

New Jersey family doctor Bernard Greenspan was sentenced to 41 months in prison and to pay a $125,000 fine and a roughly $200,000 forfeiture for violating the Anti-Kickback Statute by accepting bribes in exchange for test referrals as part of a long-running scheme operated by Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services LLC, its president and numerous associates. Greenspan’s referrals generated approximately $3 million in lab business for BLS. DOJ (DNJ)
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