ANTI-KICKBACK

Pain Management Clinic, 2 MDs Pay $99K to Settle Millennium Free POCT Cup Kickback Claims

Case: An Oklahoma pain management practice and two of its physicians are the latest to settle kickback claims for accepting free point of care test cups from now defunct Millennium Laboratories. The settlement amount, $98,942, is the second highest announced since the physician roundup began in autumn 2017. Millennium used the freebies to pay physicians for referrals of custom profile panels and other tests to carry out what the feds claim is the largest ever kickback scandal involving lab services.

Significance: After collecting $256 million from Millennium, the feds have spent the past 18 months targeting the physicians on the receiving end of the POCT cup scandal. (For more on the physician crackdown, see, GCA, June 18, 2018).

Millennium Free POCT Cup Physicians Settlement Scorecard (as of Jan. 1, 2019)
Date Provider(s) Settlement
Amount
Individual Physicians
Also Charged?
Dec. 21, 2018 Tulsa Pain Consultants, Inc. $98,942 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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