April 15, 2020
A Florida-based reference laboratory, pain clinic, and two former executives have agreed to pay $41 million
to settle claims of defrauding Medicaid, Medicare, TRICARE, and other government health programs by billing for medically unnecessary urine drug tests between 2010 to 2017. Led by Michael T. Doyle
and Christopher Utz Toepke
, the defendants allegedly had a policy of automatically ordering both presumptive and definitive urine drug tests for all patients at every visit regardless of need, with Toepke’s Tampa Pain Relief Centers Inc.
performing all presumptive tests, and Doyle’s Logan Laboratories Inc.
performing all definitive tests. The alleged False Claims Act violations were eventually brought to light in two qui tam
cases; the whistleblowers of those cases will split a relator’s share of approximately $7.79 million. DOJ