Radiologist Fred Steinberg, M.D., his imaging centers and related entities in Palm Beach County, Fla., have agreed to pay the federal government $7 million to resolve allegations of health care fraud, the U.S. Dept. of Justice announced on April 14, 2008.
The suit, originally brought under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act by David Clayman, alleged that portions of CT scans were not performed, even though the procedures were billed and reported to patients’ physicians as if they were done. The bills were submitted as though CT scans were carried out both with and without contrast, when in reality the CT scans without contrast were not performed. The government also alleged that the Steinberg entities did CT scans and ultrasound exams that were not ordered by physicians and were not medically necessary.