Thursday, December 7, 2023

Several Physicians, CFO, Tagged with Nearly $1M in DOJ Lab Penalties

We regularly read of large penalties assessed against corporations or against laboratory owners for lab inducement or fraud.

I mention the press release below, because it  assesses penalties on the provider side - in this case, two doctors and one CFO.   The penalties total nearly $1M.

Stating in part,

  • Former hospital executive Peggy Borgfeld, of Lexington, Texas, and physicians Linh Nguyen, M.D. and Thuy Nguyen, M.D., of Dallas, and Heriberto Salinas, M.D., of Cleburne, Texas, have agreed to pay a total of $880,199 to resolve False Claims Act allegations involving illegal remuneration in violation of the Anti-Kickback Statute. 
  • The parties also have agreed to cooperate with the Justice Department’s investigations of, and litigation against, other participants in the alleged schemes.
    • ...Borgfeld signed false certifications in Medicare cost reports...
    • ...agreed to be excluded from participation in federal healthcare programs for five years.

Also covered at 360dx and Becker's Hospital news.