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Arizona Physician Settles Case Involving Kickback and Stark Allegations

On October 3, 2018, Ronald Burns, M.D. (Dr. Burns), Phoenix, Arizona, entered into a $75,409.15 settlement agreement with OIG. The settlement agreement resolves allegations that Dr. Burns, in his capacity as then owner of a pain management practice, entered into contracts on behalf of the pain management practice and received remuneration from Millennium Health, LLC f/k/a Millennium Laboratories, Inc. (Millennium), in the form of point of care test cups which resulted in prohibited referrals. OIG further alleged that the referrals were prohibited because the remuneration created a financial relationship and that Dr. Burns caused Millennium to present claims for designated health services that resulted from the prohibited referrals. Senior Counsels Andrea Treese Berlin and Geoffrey Hymans represented OIG.

Action Details

  • Date:October 3, 2018
  • Enforcement Types:
    • CMP and Affirmative Exclusions