US Attorney’s Office – Eastern District of Texas, June 28, 2022
Total of Thirty-Three Texas Doctors Have Settled Related Healthcare Fraud Allegations
SHERMAN, Texas – Fifteen additional Texas doctors have agreed to pay a total of $2,831,280 to resolve False Claims Act allegations involving illegal kickbacks in violation of the Anti-Kickback Statute and Stark Law, and to cooperate with the Department’s investigations of and litigation against other parties, announced Eastern District of Texas U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston today.
“These settlements should reinforce the message that the Eastern District of Texas will not tolerate health care providers who seek to enrich themselves through kickback schemes,” said U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston. “We will continue to work with our agency partners to identify those who defraud our taxpayers, and we will hold those who have engaged in the schemes responsible.”
The Anti-Kickback Statute prohibits offering, paying, soliciting, or receiving remuneration to induce referrals of items or services covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and other federally funded programs. The Stark Law forbids a hospital or laboratory from billing Medicare for certain services referred by physicians that have a financial relationship with the hospital or laboratory. The Anti-Kickback Statute and the Stark Law are intended to ensure that medical providers’ judgments are not compromised by improper financial incentives and are instead based on the best interests of their patients.