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Justice Department Files False Claims Act Complaint Against Six Physicians Related to Alleged Kickbacks and Improper Laboratory Testing Claims

The Department of Justice continues to demonstrate its commitment to holding both testing facilities and hospitals accountable for kickback schemes involving laboratory testing.  In the alleged kickback scheme referenced in the link below, DOJ alleges that the relevant hospitals paid a portion of their laboratory profits to recruiters who then paid a portion of the profits to the physicians. DOJ’s complaint sets forth allegations against the laboratory executives and employees, hospitals and, now, the physicians involved. This suit demonstrates DOJ's commitment to targeting individual corporate bad actors when the evidence supports those allegations. 

Especially, with increased lab testing for COVID, hospitals (and doctors) should review their arrangements to confirm that those agreements don’t run afoul of their Anti-Kickback Statute and Stark Law obligations.

The link to the press release is provided below.

Justice Department Files False Claims Act Complaint Against Six Physicians in Texas Relating to Alleged Kickbacks and Improper Laboratory Testing Claims

  • Denise M. Barnes
    Partner

    Denise Barnes is a former U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) Trial Attorney who focuses her practice on compliance, white collar and regulatory investigations, and complex commercial litigation.  She represents clients in ...

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