Former Owner of Illinois Home Health Agency Enters Settlement Agreement with OIG Based on Kickback Allegations
On June 22, 2016, Tariq Chaudhry entered into a settlement agreement with OIG for $50,000 to resolve kickback allegations. Chaudhry is a former owner of a Chicago-area home health agency (HHA). OIG contends that Chaudhry paid illegal remuneration to a Chicago physician in exchange for the physician's referral of patients for home health care services to Chaudhry's HHA. The kickback was disguised as medical director fees, when, in fact, no services were performed. OIG also contends that Chaudhry and the HHA he formerly owned made the payments to the physician through one or more of its marketer employees or contractors.
- Date:June 22, 2016
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