Phillips & Cohen partner Peter Chatfield spoke with the Richmond Times-Dispatch after a jury found former Health Diagnostic Laboratory CEO Tonya Mallory and the owner’s of HDL’s former marketing liable for Medicare fraud under the False Claims Act. Chatfield represented one of the whistleblowers in the case.
Peter W. Chatfield, a partner at Phillips & Cohen, explained that the judge will ultimately decide the defendants’ penalty, based on how much they were already paid, how much money they currently have and additional circumstances.
There is clear industry guidance, Chatfield said, that a blood draw constitutes a fee of $3 for the work in the doctor’s office that goes into preparing the vials of blood to be tested. But HDL was paying $17 fees.