U.S. Settles Civil Lawsuit against Valley Heart Consultants/Doctors
McALLEN, Texas - Valley Heart Consultants Dr. Carlos Mego and Dr. Subbarao Yarra have settled a suit brought by the United States in McAllen alleging violations of the Federal False Claims Act, announced United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson. The suit alleged that from Jan. 1, 2004, through September 2010, Mego and Yarra violated the False Claims Act by billing Medicare for nuclear stress tests and physical examinations which were allegedly substandard. The United States also alleged that the nuclear medicine used in the tests was injected by personnel who lacked the requisite license. Many of the nuclear stress tests were allegedly unnecessary, as well as many of the coronary angiographies, echocardiograms and carotid doppler studies which the defendants billed to Medicare, according to the allegations.
- Date:March 21, 2014
- Agency:U.S. Attorney
- Criminal and Civil Actions