Florida cardiologist Dr. Asad Qamar and his practice, the Institute of Cardiovascular Excellence (ICE), will pay $2 million plus release any claim to $5.3 million in suspended Medicare funds, to settle charges they violated the False Claims Act by billing for medically unnecessary procedures and paying kickbacks to patients by waiving Medicare copayments irrespective of financial hardship. By waiving the required copayments, Dr. Qamar and ICE induced patients to agree to unnecessary and invasive procedures and other services. Dr. Qamar’s and ICE’s illegal conduct made Dr. Qamar the highest paid Medicare cardiologist in the country in 2012 and 2013. The allegations originated in two whistleblower lawsuits filed by Dr. Robert A. Green and Ms. Holly A. Taylor under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act. They will receive a whistleblower award of roughly $1.3 million from the proceeds of the government’s recovery. DOJ
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