Alabama hospital pays $4.25M to settle false billing case

Opelika-based East Alabama Medical Center and its subsidiary Aperian Laboratory Solutions have agreed to pay $4.25 million to resolve allegations they violated the False Claims Act and the Anti-Kickback Statute, according to Law360.

The settlement resolves allegations that Aperian paid kickbacks to marketing companies in exchange for arranging for physicians across the nation to refer toxicology tests to the lab, according to The Times-News. EAMC and Aperian allegedly submitted claims for the toxicology lab tests to Medicare in violation of the False Claims Act.

A former Aperian employee brought the case under the qui tam, or whistle-blower, provisions of the False Claims Act.

The $4.25 million settlement is in addition to earlier settlements in the same case that totaled nearly $2.4 million, according to The Times-News.

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