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New Jersey Physicians and Practice Settle Case Involving Kickbacks

On August 7, 2019, Joseph P. Clancy, Jr., M.D., Walter P. Miller, M.D., and Southern Ocean Primary Care Associates, LLC (collectively, "Southern Ocean"), with multiple locations in New Jersey, entered into a $311,626 settlement agreement with OIG. The settlement agreement resolves allegations that Southern Ocean 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 Southern Ocean solicited and received the remuneration from HDL and Singulex in exchange for Southern Ocean and a Southern Ocean employee 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:August 7, 2019
  • Enforcement Types:
    • CMP and Affirmative Exclusions