A New Jersey company that remotely monitors cardiac devices implanted in heart patients has agreed to pay the U.S. $1.35 million to settle allegations it paid kickbacks to doctors to coax them to use its services. Mednet Healthcare Technologies entered into “fee-for-service” or “direct-bill” agreements with certain hospital and physician customers. MedNet charged a fee to the customers for cardiac monitoring services. But the company allegedly allowed the customers to bill Medicare directly for these same services and retain the reimbursements they received, which exceeded the fee that MedNet charged. This scheme, which lasted from March 2006 to January 2004, effectively ... Read More
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