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.