Clinic’s Unsupervised Heart Tests Violated FCA: Suit

Law360, New York (August 8, 2011, 5:15 PM EDT) -- The federal government intervened Monday in a False Claims Act suit brought by two former workers at a Texas medical clinic who accuse their ex-employer of submitting Medicare claims for cardiovascular tests performed by unqualified staff.

The majority of patients at Valley Heart Consultants PA who receive cardiolyte stress tests are Medicare recipients, and Medicare rules require a doctor to directly supervise the procedure, according to a complaint filed in Texas federal court on May 12 and unsealed Monday. But the clinic routinely allowed an unsupervised...
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