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Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Federal Agents Search Florida Chain of MRI Centers after Lawsuit Alleges Overbilling

A chain of high-profile medical imaging centers in Boca Raton has come under federal review after an ex-employee contended in a lawsuit the centers overbilled Medicare and illegally paid doctors to send patients for tests, according to a story in the Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Agents from Medicare and the U.S. Postal Service in May searched the offices of University MRI, headed by Dr. Fred L. Steinberg, and subsequently visited two dozen local doctors named in the whistleblower’s federal lawsuit as having taken payments from Steinberg’s firms. Steinberg, through an attorney, denied any wrongdoing by his centers, one of the largest operations in South Florida performing MRIs, CT scans, ultrasounds and other imaging tests. Still, the case sent ripples through South Florida’s medical community.

For the complete story, click here.

Posted by Quitam Help Admin on 08/23 at 05:25 AM
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