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

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)

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

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