Health Diagnostics Laboratory to pay nearly $50 million to settle kickback allegations

Health Diagnostics Laboratory Inc. has agreed to pay approximately $47 million to the government after an investigation revealed the Virginia-based company paid fees to physicians in exchange for blood samples. The investigation raises interesting questions regarding how both laboratories and the government define kickbacks.

Former Sacred Heart owner convicted in Medicare kickback scheme

The former owner and two high-level executives at the now-defunct Sacred Heart Hospital in Chicago were convicted of orchestrating a referral kickback scheme following a trial that took nearly two months, according to a release from the U.S Attorney's Office in the Northern District of Illinois.


Adventist, BioTelemetry reach False Claims Act settlements

Two nationally recognized healthcare companies settled separate multimillion dollar claims tied to False Claims Act violations, highlighting the continued scrutiny that providers face from federal regulators.  

Two Los Angeles medical suppliers implicated in multimillion dollar wheelchair fraud

The owners of two Los Angeles-based medical supply companies were convicted of Medicare fraud in two separate jury decision handed down on Friday last week, both of which involved unnecessarily supplying beneficiaries with power wheelchairs.


OIG: CMS not doing enough to fight fraud, waste and abuse

Improper Medicare payments and fraud populated the Office of Inspector General's (OIG) list of the top 25 unimplemented recommendations, according to a report from the watchdog agency that offered insight into where the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) still needs to take action to eliminate fraud, waste and abuse.