Date: December 16th, 2005 Location: New York, NY (SocialNews.XYZ) A case involving claims of illicit bribes for patient referrals to a laboratory has resulted in a $422,789 settlement from an Indian-American couple.
In violation of the Anti-Kickback Statute, the Texan couple of Dr. Vijesh Patel and Laju Patel, who served as both office manager and wife, received monetary compensation for referring patients to one of three laboratories in New Jersey, Texas, and South Carolina.
Offering, paying, soliciting, or receiving money to induce referrals of commodities or services covered by Medicare, Medicaid, or any other healthcare programme sponsored by the federal government is prohibited by the Anti-Kickback Statute.
Vijesh allegedly received tens of thousands of dollars from a company called Indus MG LLC, which posed as a management service organisation (MSO), in exchange for his business with True Health Diagnostics LLC, a clinical laboratory based in Frisco, Texas.
According to a statement released by the Department of Justice, Vijesh received payments from the Indus MSO that were “disguised as investment returns,” but were actually based on, and paid in exchange for, his referrals of patients to True Health.
Avior Group LLC, a phoney managed service organisation, is accused of paying Vijesh thousands of dollars in kickbacks between August 2018 and August 2021 in exchange for his business with RDx Bioscience, Inc., a laboratory in New Jersey.
Moreover, Vijesh’s wife Laju is accused of receiving improper compensation from RDx between December 2018 and August 2022 in exchange for collecting urine samples for testing.
From August 2019 through December 2021, Vijesh reportedly made hundreds of dollars a month by ordering lab tests from Labtech Diagnostics LLC (Labtech), located in Anderson, South Carolina.
According to the head of the Justice Department’s Civil Division, “kickbacks can undermine a physician’s medical judgement, result in unneeded testing, and increase health care expenses borne by taxpayers,” in a statement.
“We will continue to investigate physicians, laboratories, and others responsible for schemes that violate standards intended to ensure the integrity of federal health care programmes,” Boynton said.
The pair has agreed to pay the sum and participate with a Justice Department investigation into other individuals involved in the alleged scams in order to address the False Claims Act claims against them.