December 18, 2006
Oregon Imaging Center, a Eugene, radiology laboratory, has paid $510,000 to settle claims that it billed Medicare and Medicaid for radiology tests not ordered by treating physicians. This does not appear to have been a False Claims Act suit.
An investigation by the United States Attorney’s Office and the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General revealed the Center billed for CT exams of the abdomen and pelvis, chest CT exams and chest X-rays, and MRAs of the head and neck when the patients’ treating physician ordered only one of the exams.
The December 12, 2006 press release is available at the website of the U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon.