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Florida Physicians and Practice Settles Case Involving Kickbacks

On November 12, 2019, Jose R. Gonzalez, M.D., Pedro Nam, M.D., and Wellington Medical Care Associates, LLC (collectively, "Wellington Medical"), Loxahatchee, Florida, entered into a $107,260 settlement agreement with OIG. The settlement agreement resolves allegations that Wellington Medical solicited and received remuneration from laboratory companies Health Diagnostic Laboratory, Inc. (HDL) and Singulex, Inc. (Singulex), in the form of "process and handling" payments related to the collection of blood. OIG alleged that Wellington Medical solicited and received the remuneration from HDL and Singulex in exchange for Wellington Medical and Wellington Medical employees referring patients for laboratory testing services to HDL and Singulex, for which the Medicare program paid. Senior Counsels Katie Fink and Jennifer Leonardis represented OIG with the assistance of Program Analyst Mariel Filtz.

Action Details

  • Date:November 12, 2019
  • Enforcement Types:
    • CMP and Affirmative Exclusions