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Texas Doctor Enters Settlement Agreement with OIG on Kickback Allegations

Dr. Dilipkumar Chotabhai Patel - a LaPorte, TX primary care doctor and internist - entered into a settlement agreement with the Office of Inspector General (OIG) for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, effective August 11, 2014. The $146,000 settlement resolves allegations that Dr. Patel 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 Dr. Patel. Senior Counsels Kristen Schwendinger and Robert M. Penezic represented OIG.

Action Details

  • Date:August 11, 2014
  • Enforcement Types:
    • CMP and Affirmative Exclusions