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Arizona Physician Settles False and Fraudulent Medicare Claims Case

On February 5, 2016, Benjamin H. Venger, MD (Venger), entered into a $15,956.74 settlement agreement with OIG. The settlement agreement resolves allegations that Venger submitted claims for Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System code G0452 (molecular pathology procedure; physician interpretation and report) where: (1) no consultation request had been made; (2) no written narrative report by a consultant physician was produced; and (3) no exercise of medical judgment by a consultant physician was required. In addition, OIG contended that multiple units of this code may have been submitted for each patient encounter where multiple units may not have been medically necessary. Senior Counsels Geoffrey Hymans and Kenneth Kraft represented OIG.

Action Details

  • Date:February 5, 2016
  • Enforcement Types:
    • CMP and Affirmative Exclusions