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Texas Doctor Agrees to Voluntary Exclusion with OIG on Kickback Allegations

A family practice physician in Houston, TX, agreed to be excluded from participating in Federal health care programs for a period of three years under 42 U.S.C. § 1320a-7a(a)(7), 1320a-7(b)(6)(B) and 1320a-7(b)(7). OIG alleged that the physician received remuneration from Jack L. Baker, MD and Fairmont Diagnostic Center and Open MRI, Inc. (Fairmont), an imaging facility in Houston, TX, in the form of compensation from a Medical Director Agreement. OIG alleged that this financial arrangement took into account the value and volume of referrals made to Fairmont by the physician. OIG further alleged that the physician admitted to the Texas Medical Board that his medical practice fell below the standard of care in the treatment of eight patients and that he provided controlled substances to the patients without appropriate treatment plans or documentation.

Action Details

  • Date:April 24, 2014
  • Enforcement Types:
    • CMP and Affirmative Exclusions