SEARCH
Current Location:
>
> This Story


Log in or Register to rate this News Story
Forward Printable StoryPrint Comment

Never Miss a Story

Sign up for email alerts

 

More Industry Headlines

SEC brings charges against Positron Corp. The company is allegedly involved in a market manipulation scheme

PETNET's CEO resigns New CEO brings 12 years of experience

Rising number of U.S. pediatrics receiving proton therapy Treatment yields unique benefits for young cancer patients

Mevion partners with Philips to improve proton therapy treatment New technology only takes a few seconds to scan tumor

Kentucky Trailer acquires Advanced Mobility to expand medical footprint Together they look toward a greater international presence

Screening with tomo and mammo leads to 405 fewer false positives per 1,000 women The cost of the two is relative to cost of mammo alone

Comparing catheters for early stage breast brachytherapy Is the treatment underutilized? The BC5 Project thinks so.

Health Gorilla Marketplace expands in effort to demystify ACO and IPA options Version 2.0 adds seven new vendor categories to its market reach

Siemens' new MR kit may reduce pediatric anxiety and need for sedation Could lead to reduced costs and increased efficiency

400 experts gather at Focused Ultrasound Foundation's annual meeting 200 scientific presentations show promising new research

Houston radiologist to pay $650K to settle kickback claims

by Brendon Nafziger , DOTmed News Associate Editor
A Houston radiologist has agreed to pay $650,000 to settle claims that he paid up to 17 doctors illegal kickbacks to refer patients to his imaging center, a U.S. attorney's office said Tuesday.

The radiologist, Dr. Jack L. Baker, also agreed to a voluntary suspension from Medicare and Medicaid for six years, U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson said in a statement.

Story Continues Below Advertisement

FDA approved successor to the PRISM 3000 XP:

MultiCam 3000eco opens new financial and diagnostic opportunities. Inter Medical of Germany and Eclipse Systems offer the most effective triple-head gamma camera on the market for heart and brain diagnostics.



According to the attorney's office, Baker was accused of illegally compensating doctors to induce them to refer patients to Fairmont Diagnostic Center and Open MRI Inc., his imaging center. In a statement, the office said the alleged "prohibited financial relationships" included setting up contracts to pay the salaries of the staffers in referring doctors' offices and granting physicians medical directorships, with the contracts based on the value of the referrals.

Under federal law, health care providers usually can't bill Medicare for referrals from physicians they have a financial relationship with, barring some exceptions, the attorney's office said.

According to the U.S. attorney, Baker was accused of violating the False Claims Act, the Anti-Kickback Statue, the Stark Statute and the Texas Medicaid Fraud Prevention Act from 2002 to 2010.

The suit was originally brought in 2010 by two whistle blowers, Drs. Philip Blum and David Spinks, referring physicians who under a federal statute stand to pocket a 20 percent cut of the settlement, the attorney's office said. The investigation was carried out by the Department of Health and Human Services' office of the inspector general.

Related:


Interested in Medical Industry News? Subscribe to DOTmed's weekly news email and always be informed. Click here, it takes just 30 seconds.

You Must Be Logged In To Post A Comment

Access and use of this site is subject to the terms and conditions of our LEGAL NOTICE & PRIVACY NOTICE
Property of and Proprietary to DOTmed.com, Inc. Copyright ©2001-2014 DOTmed.com, Inc.
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED