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A radiologist who owned and operated a diagnostic testing center in Orange, N.J., was sentenced today to 46 months in prison and ordered to forfeit more than $2 million for overseeing a sprawling cash-for-patients scheme to bribe doctors for testing referrals, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced. Ashokkumar Babaria, 64, of Moorestown, N.J., previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Claire C. Cecchi to an information charging him with one count of offering and paying doctors and other health care providers illegal cash kickbacks for patient referrals in violation of the federal health care anti-kickback statute. Judge Cecchi imposed the sentence today in Newark federal court.According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:Babaria, then a licensed radiologist, was the medical director and owner of Orange Community MRI LLC (Orange MRI). The facility provided diagnostic testing services, such as MRIs, CAT Scans, ultrasounds, echocardiograms and dual-emission X-ray absorptiometries,...

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Amedisys Inc. and its affiliates (Amedisys) have agreed to pay $150 million to the federal government to resolve allegations that they violated the False Claims Act by submitting false home healthcare billings to the Medicare program, the Department of Justice announced today. Amedisys, a Louisiana-based for-profit company, is one of the nation’s largest providers of home health services and operates in 37 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Additionally, this settlement resolves certain allegations that Amedisys maintained improper financial relationships with referring physicians. The Anti-Kickback Statute and the Stark Statute restrict the financial relationships that home healthcare providers may have with doctors who refer patients to them. The United States alleged that Amedisys’ financial relationship with a private oncology practice in Georgia – whereby Amedisys employees provided patient care coordination services to the oncology practice at below-market prices – violated statutory...

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United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced that Devender Batra, M.D., and Belmont Cardiology, Inc. will pay $1 million to the United States after causing East Ohio Regional Hospital and Ohio Valley Medical Center to submit fraudulent claims to Medicare from January 2009 to August of 2010, in violation of the Federal False Claims Act. The settlement ends an investigation into improper compensation arrangements between Dr. Batra, East Ohio Regional Hospital and Ohio Valley Medical Center. The arrangements with Dr. Batra and Belmont Cardiology led the hospitals to submit false claims for prohibited referrals for various health services in violation of Federal law.AThese types of prohibited referrals are a significant problem and lead to increased health care costs for everyone,” said U.S. Attorney Ihlenfeld. “Medicare expects that a physician’s referral of a patient to a hospital will be free from improper influences, and when it’s not we will act to hold the wrongdoers accountable.”The investigation...

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