Corporate Compliance

U.S. intervenes in Medicare fraud case against a Louisiana cardiologist

Compliance Monitor, December 2, 2009

The United States is intervening in a civil lawsuit against a Louisiana cardiologist accused of fraudulently billing Medicare for unnecessary cardiovascular procedures, according to the Department of Justice (DOJ).
 
Dr. Mehmood Patel’s criminal conviction of 51 counts of healthcare fraud is in relation to performing medically unnecessary procedures such as cardiac angiograms, angioplasties, stents, and left and right heart catheterizations. According to the DOJ, Dr. Patel’s cardiac catheterization lab, Acadiana Cardiovascular Center, LLC, is a corresponding defendant in the trial.
 
Fellow cardiologist, and whistleblower, Chritopher Mallavarapu filed this suit under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act.

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