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Feds Continue Roundup of Physicians on Receiving End of Millennium Labs Test Cups Freebie

by | Dec 3, 2018 | Enforcement-nir, Essential, National Lab Reporter, News-nir

From - National Intelligence Report The Millennium Laboratories free point of care test (POCT) cups scandal has been described as the biggest kickback scandal involving… . . . read more

The Millennium Laboratories free point of care test (POCT) cups scandal has been described as the biggest kickback scandal involving lab services in history. And its legacy has now entered a new stage. In October 2015, Millennium agreed to pay $256 million to settle claims of offering the freebies to physicians as an inducement for referrals of custom profile panels and other tests before ultimately declaring bankruptcy shortly thereafter.

Now that the giver has been brought to justice, the feds have turned their attention to the takers, namely, the myriad physicians who accepted Millennium’s largesse. The roundup, which began in September 2017, is now into its 13th month. The eighth and most recent physician to settle Stark and kickback charges for its involvement in the scheme is the owner of a Phoenix pain management practice. While the settlement amount, $75,409, is in the middle of the pack, the case is notable in that it is the first in which the individual physician was the only defendant. Previous cases have targeted the physician’s business and, in a few cases, the physician principles as well. Here’s the rundown:

Providers Targeted in Millennium Laboratories POCT Free Test Cup Kickback Scandal
(from most to least recent)

DateProvider(s)Settlement AmountIndividual Physicians Also Charged?
Oct. 3, 2018Ronald Burns, M.D.$75,409YES
Sept. 6, 2018Doctor’s Inlet Pediatrics and Primary Care, P.A., and Avenues Pediatrics and Internal Medicine (Florida)$58,370YES
May 24, 2018Recovery Pathways, LLC (Michigan)$64,555NO
April 5, 2018Affordable Medical Care f/k/a Andalusia Medical Center (Alabama)$40,500YES
Feb. 28, 2018The Pain Institute, Inc. d/b/a Space Coast Pain Institute (Florida)$95,302YES
Dec. 5, 2017Addiction Medical Care of Norwalk, Practice Management Associates Norwalk, LLC, Addiction Medical Care of Columbus, and Practice Management Associates, LLC (collectively, “AMC”) (Ohio)$79,880NO
Sept. 27, 2017Advanced Pain Management (Arizona)$186,210NO
Sept. 18, 2017Parallax Center, Inc. (New York)$64,203NO

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