FL doctor pays $7M to settle federal fraud suit

A physician who owns a Boca Raton, FL-based chain of medical imaging centers has agreed to pay $7 million to settle charges that he overcharged Medicare for services and ordered unnecessary tests. According to the settlement, radiologist Dr. Fred Steinberg overcharged Medicare for CT scans. The suit also charged that Steinberg illegally paid several local doctors to send him patients for imaging tests. Furthermore, it contended that his organization, University MRI and Diagnostic Imaging Centers, gave deep equipment and service discounts to local doctors, while hiring others as paid "medical directors" without requiring them to do any work. In the settlement, University MRI denied wrongdoing and said it settled to end the litigation process.

To learn more about the suit:
- read this South Florida Sun Sentinel piece

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