Quest Diagnostics Agreed to Pay $1.1 Million for Allegedly Violating the Civil Monetary Penalties Law by Providing Remuneration to Physicians in the Form of Free Services, Free Equipment and Technology, and Uncollected Contractual Payments
After it self-disclosed conduct to OIG, Quest Diagnostics, Incorporated (Quest), New Jersey, agreed to pay $1,151,053.07 for allegedly violating the Civil Monetary Penalties Law provisions applicable to physician self-referrals and kickbacks. OIG alleged that: (1) phlebotomists employed by Quest performed services at multiple locations in Texas, Maryland, Ohio and New Jersey that were outside the scope of their employment; (2) Quest failed to meet documentation requirements supporting its donation of valuable electronic health records software or information technology and services through donation agreements with individuals or entities from which Quest received referrals of clinical laboratory business; and (3) Quest failed to collect timely second-year payments from physician clients as required in electronic health record donation agreements.
- Date:February 28, 2017
- Fraud Self-Disclosures