Docs Agree To Pay $3.9M In FCA Suit Over Suspect Tests

By Jeff Overley (March 24, 2014, 8:03 PM EDT) -- The founders of a Texas heart clinic will pay $3.9 million to settle whistleblowers' False Claims Act allegations that they improperly billed Medicare for unnecessary diagnostic tests performed by unqualified personnel and funneled additional business to a hospital in which they invested, the U.S. Department of Justice said Friday.

The deal is the latest involving physicians Carlos Mego and Subbarao Yarra, who own Valley Heart Consultants and have reportedly been parties to other multimillion-dollar settlements involving alleged health care fraud. It also shines a fresh spotlight on the border town of McAllen, which is notorious for having some of the nation's...

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