Radiology group, children's clinic pay $2.3M to settle double billing case

A Texas radiologist group and children's genetic services clinic have agreed to settle claims that they violated the False Claims Act and the Texas Medicaid Fraud Prevention Act between 2007.

Radiology Associates and Children's Physician Services of South Texas (CPSST), part of the Driscoll Health System in Corpus Christi, Texas, were alleged to have double billed for the reading and interpretation of genetic ultrasounds. Radiology Associates will pay $800,000 and CPSST will pay $1.5 million to settle the claims.

"Improper double billing by healthcare providers defrauds the government funded healthcare programs, adds to the government's deficit and, most importantly, reduces the funds available to meet the patients' medical needs," U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson said. "In addition to yielding a substantial recover for taxpayers, this settlement should serve notice to healthcare providers that taxpayers will not tolerate, much less accept, paying twice for services rendered to them." Announcement