New Jersey couple Nita and Kirtish Patel and their diagnostic imaging companies Biosound Medical Services Inc. and Heart Solution PC were ordered to pay more than $7.75 million for violating the False Claims Act by submitting false claims to Medicare for thousands of falsified diagnostic test reports and the underlying tests. The government had alleged that defendants created fraudulent diagnostic test reports, forged physician signatures on these reports, and then billed Medicare for the fraudulent reports and the underlying tests that were used solely to create these reports. The government further alleged that defendants billed Medicare for neurological tests that they conducted without the required physician supervision. The allegations originated in a whistleblower lawsuit filed by a former Biosound employee under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act. The whistleblower will receive a yet-to-be-determined whistleblower award from the proceeds of the government’s recovery. DOJ (DNJ)
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