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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

March 8, 2018

Genetic testing company Natera, Inc. agreed to pay roughly $11.4 million to settle claims it violated the False Claims Act by improperly billing federal healthcare programs for Natera’s non-invasive prenatal test known as Panorama. The allegations originated in a whistleblower lawsuit filed under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act by Sallie McAdoo and Steven Aldridge. They will receive a yet-to-be-determined whistleblower award from the proceeds of the government’s recovery. DOJ (WDKY)

January 25, 2018

Primex Clinical Laboratories, LLC agreed to pay $3.5 million to settle claims it violated the False Claims Act and Anti-Kickbacks Statue by paying kickbacks in exchange for laboratory referrals for patient pharmacogenetic testing. The allegations originated by a whistleblower lawsuit filed under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act by former sales reps Don Pyburn and David Choate. They will receive a whistleblower award of $754,000 from the proceeds of the government’s recovery. DOJ (NDTX)

Genetic Testing Company Settles Whistleblower Suit for $11.4M

Posted  03/14/18
Silicon Valley-based Natera, Inc. agreed to pay over $11 million to resolve claims it improperly billed government healthcare programs for its non-invasive prenatal tests and screenings in violation of the False Claims Act by billing for the tests with an incorrect billing code. In resolution of the allegations, Natera will pay over $10.6 million to the federal government and $756,183 to a number of state Medicaid...

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)
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