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Health Care Providers to Pay $1 Million for False Claims, Improper Referrals

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA -- Two Ohio Valley health care providers will pay a million dollar penalty after violating Federal law by submitting false claims to Medicare. United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced that Devender Batra, M.D., and Belmont Cardiology, Inc. will pay $1 million to the United States after causing East Ohio Regional Hospital and Ohio Valley Medical Center to submit fraudulent claims to Medicare from January 2009 to August of 2010, in violation of the Federal False Claims Act. The settlement ends an investigation into improper compensation arrangements between Dr. Batra, East Ohio Regional Hospital and Ohio Valley Medical Center. The arrangements with Dr. Batra and Belmont Cardiology led the hospitals to submit false claims for prohibited referrals for various health services in violation of Federal law.


Action Details

  • Date:April 17, 2014
  • Agency:U.S. Attorney
  • Enforcement Types:
    • Criminal and Civil Actions