A group of Chicago-area MRI centers have been named in a broad-based state investigation, which concluded that they'd agreed to pay doctors over $130,000 a year to refer patients. The state attorney general's office contends that the MRI centers, largely operated by Virginia's MIDI, trained salespeople to lure physicians into bogus lease deals by dangling kickbacks, as much as $277 per MRI scan. Phantom lease deals made it look like doctors were managing the MRI equipment and providing services, but the MRIs were actually performed at radiology centers.
To find out more about the case:
- read this Chicago Tribune piece
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