Two groups of Houston-based diagnostic centers agreed to pay more than $2.6M to settle allegations they violated the False Claims Act by engaging in improper financial relationships with referring physicians in violation of the Stark Statute. One group of centers, which operates under the name One Step Diagnostic, agreed to pay $1.2M. The other group of centers, consisting of Complete Imaging Solutions LLC doing business asHouston Diagnostics, Deerbrook Diagnostics & Imaging Center LLC,Elite Diagnostic Inc., Galleria MRI & Diagnostic LLC, Spring Imaging Center Inc. and West Houston MRI & Diagnostics LLC agreed to pay about $1.5M. The allegations originated from a whistleblower lawsuit filed by three whistleblowers under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act. DOJ
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