• Local Cardiology Practice Enters Into $1.3 Million Dollar Settlement for Alleged Stark Law and False Claims Act Violations
  • September 12, 2014 | Authors: Laurel E. Baum; Jennifer R. Bolster; Raymond R. D'Agostino; Catherine A. Diviney; Meghan S. Gaffey
  • Law Firm: Hancock Estabrook, LLP - Syracuse Office
  • On August 14, 2014, the United States Attorney for the Northern District of New York, Richard S. Hartunian, announced a $1.3 million settlement with Cardiovascular Specialists, P.C., d/b/a New York Heart Center (NYHC), a cardiology practice with offices throughout central and northern New York, related to alleged Stark Law and federal False Claims Act violations. Per the settlement agreement, the alleged conduct involved a compensation formula used internally by NYHC from September 2007 to August 2008 to compensate its affiliated physicians which took into account the volume or value of each physician’s referrals within the practice for Medicarereimbursable CT scans and nuclear diagnostic tests even though those tests were not personally performed by the referring physician.