Heart Center of Philadelphia Agreed to Pay $50,000 for Allegedly Violating the Civil Monetary Penalties Law by Receiving Remuneration from a Laboratory Company in the Form of Improper Processing Fees
After it self-disclosed conduct to OIG, Heart Center of Philadelphia, P.C. (Heart Center), Pennsylvania, agreed to pay $50,000 for allegedly violating the Civil Monetary Penalties Law, including provisions applicable to physician self-referrals and kickbacks. OIG alleged that Heart Center received remuneration from a laboratory company in the form of "process, handling, and collection" payments related to the collection of blood. OIG also contended that Heart Center received remuneration from the laboratory company in the form of "consulting" fees. OIG contended that Heart Center received the remuneration from the laboratory company in exchange for Heart Center referring patients for laboratory testing services, which were paid by Federal health care programs.
- Date:December 19, 2017
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