Physician pays over half million to settle allegations concerning ultrasound billing

US Attorney's Office, Southern District of Texas, Feb. 24, 2022

McALLEN, Texas - A 41-year-old primary care doctor has paid $504,588.40 to resolve allegations that he billed for excessive ultrasounds, announced U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery.

Dr. Jose Escandon operates in Mission. From Aug. 1, 2014, to Oct. 31, 2018, Escandon violated the False Claims Act by causing the submission of claims to Medicare for ultrasounds that were medically unnecessary or unreasonable.

This investigation arose out of a proactive review of claims data showing Escandon was a significant statistical outlier for ultrasound claims.

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