Corporate Compliance

Three TN imaging centers charged with Medicare fraud

Compliance Monitor, June 3, 2009

MedQuest Associates Inc. and three of its companies allegedly submitted false claims to Medicare, according to a Department of Justice (DOJ) release.

According to the DOJ, BioImaging at Charlotte, Inc., BioImaging of Cool Springs, Inc., and BioImaging at Harding, Inc., now doing business as BioImaging at Edmondson, inappropriately billed Medicare for CT scans and MRIs with contrast. Medicare requires a certified radiologist who is proficient with such tests supervise CT scans or MRIs performed with contrast.

The companies allegedly failed to meet these requirements. According to the DOJ, technicians performed the tests without supervision from a certified radiologist. Radiologists who were not proficient in contrast testing supervised other tests.

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