April 9, 2015
Virginia-based cardiovascular testing disease laboratory Health Diagnostics Laboratory Inc.
agreed to pay $47 million to resolve allegations it violated the False Claims Act by paying kickbacks to physicians in exchange for patient referrals and billing federal health care programs for medically unnecessary testing. A second cardio testing lab, California-based Singulex Inc.
, agreed to pay $1.5 million to settle similar charges. The allegations first arose in a whistleblower lawsuit filed by Dr. Michael Mayes, Scarlett Lutz, Kayla Webster and Chris Reidel under the qui tam
provisions of the False Claims Act. The whistleblower award they will receive has yet to be determined. Whistleblower Insider