Mich. Doctor Enters $4M Deal Over 'Unnecessary' Procedures

Law360, New York (July 11, 2013, 5:37 PM EDT) -- A Michigan cardiology clinic and its owner Dr. Jashu Patel agreed Wednesday to pay part of a $4 million settlement to resolve a False Claims Act suit by another cardiologist accusing him and the clinic of conducting medically unnecessary heart procedures covered by Medicare or Medicaid.

Dr. Julie Kovach’s sealed suit in 2008 had claimed Patel and cardiologists from Jackson, Mich.-based Jackson Cardiology Associates PC conducted procedures such as catheterizations based on false readings of test results, according to a statement Wednesday by Barbara McQuade, U.S....
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