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April 24, 2017

Posted  May 11, 2017

Crittenton Hospital Medical Center and the Crittenton Cancer Center, together with their current owners Ascension Michigan and Ascension Health agreed to pay roughly $790,000 to resolve allegations they violated the False Claims Act by billing for medically unnecessary laboratory testing for patients who had been referred to Crittenton by Dr. Farid Fata and physicians in his office. In an earlier unrelated criminal matter, Fata pleaded guilty to health care fraud, conspiracy to pay and receive kickbacks, and promotional money laundering, and was sentenced to a term of 45 years in prison. The allegations originated in a whistleblower lawsuit filed under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act by an office administrator in Fata’s medical practice, Michigan Hematology-Oncology P.C. The whistleblower will receive a whistleblower award from the proceeds of the government’s recovery. DOJ (EDMI)

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