New Jersey cardiovascular practice pays $3.6 million to settle claims of unnecessary medical tests

by bvernia | June 4th, 2015

On May 28, the Department of Justice announced that New Jersey-based Garden State Cardiovascular Specialists P.C., had agreed to pay $3.6 million to settle allegations – originally brought by a whistleblower – that the practice billed federal health care programs for medically unnecessary tests and procedures. According to DOJ’s press release:

Garden State Cardiovascular Specialists P.C. (Garden State), a cardiology practice which owns and operates several facilities in New Jersey under the name NJ MedCare/NJ Heart, has agreed to pay more than $3.6 million to resolve allegations that its facilities falsely billed federal health care programs for tests that were not medically necessary, announced today by U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman for the District of New Jersey.

The settlement announced today resolves allegations that Garden State and its principals, Jasjit Walia M.D. and Preet Randhawa M.D., submitted claims to Medicare for various cardiology diagnostic tests and procedures, including stress tests, cardiac catheterizations and external counterpulsation, which were not medically necessary.

The government announced that the whistleblower will receive $648,000 (an 18% relator’s share).

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