Corporate Compliance

IL physician-owned group enters into $7.3M settlement with OIG

Compliance Monitor, July 14, 2010

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) entered into a $7.3 million settlement with a physician-owned enterprise for allegedly violating the Stark Law and anti-kickback statute, according to the OIG.

United Shockwave Services, United Prostate Centers, and United Urology Centers (collectively known as United) provided lithotripsy—a high-energy shockwave therapy used to crush kidney stones—laser services, and equipment for prostate issues. United is based in Chicago and allegedly leveraged patient referrals to obtain business from hospitals in Illinois, Indiana, and Iowa. United also caused hospitals to submit claims for designated health services that resulted from fraudulent referrals in violation of the Stark Law, according to the OIG.

In addition to the settlement, United entered into a five-year corporate integrity agreement that requires United to hire an independent review organization to monitor all lithotripsy and laser treatments provided to hospitals in Illinois, Iowa, and Indiana.

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