Allegiance Health to Pay $1.8M in False Claims Settlement

The United States will receive $4 million in the settlement of a False Claims lawsuit against Jackson, Mich.-based Allegiance Health, a cardiology practice and a cardiologist.

A cardiologist filed the suit against Allegiance Health, Jackson (Mich.) Cardiology Associates and the practice's owner, cardiologist Joshua Patel, MD. The complaint alleged that Dr. Patel and JCA cardiologists performed medically unnecessary cardiac procedures, such as invasive catheterizations, at Allegiance Health facilities.

A portion of the settlement with Allegiance Health also covered medically unnecessary peripheral stents performed on an outpatient basis.

Dr. Patel and JCA have settled the allegations against them for $2.2 million. Allegiance Health settled for $1.8 million.  

A timeframe for the allegedly improper actions was not provided in the release.

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