Texas Physicians and Practice Settle Case Involving Kickbacks
On July 6, 2017, Jonathan B. Shaffer, M.D., Dina B. White, M.D., and Sweetwater Medical Associates (collectively, "Sweetwater"), Sugar Land, Texas, entered into a $62,400 settlement agreement with OIG. The settlement agreement resolves allegations that Sweetwater solicited and received remuneration from Health Diagnostic Laboratory, Inc. (HDL), a laboratory company, in the form of "process and handling" payments related to the collection of blood. OIG alleged that Sweetwater solicited and received the remuneration from HDL in exchange for Sweetwater referring patients for laboratory testing services to HDL, for which the Medicare Program paid. Senior Counsels Katie Fink and Jennifer Leonardis represented OIG with the assistance of Program Analyst Mariel Filtz.
- Date:July 6, 2017
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