Bon Secours, oncologist to pay $400k over improper billing

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Marriottsville, Md.-based Bon Secours Health System and one of its surgical oncologists, Eugene Y. Chang, MD, have agreed to a $400,000 settlement to resolve fraud allegations, according to the Department of Justice.

While at Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center in Portsmouth, Va., Dr. Chang improperly billed government payers for breast examinations and ultrasounds.

From June 1, 2010, through Dec. 31, 2014, Dr. Chang allegedly falsified documents with diagnosis codes to induce government payers to cover "screening" breast examinations as if they had been reimbursable "diagnostic" breast examinations. Following screening mammograms, Dr. Chang allegedly arranged for certain patients to receive screening breast examinations and ultrasounds at six-month intervals and improperly billed the services as diagnostic, according to the DOJ.

The allegations against Dr. Chang were originally brought by a former Bon Secours practice manager and a former colleague of Dr. Chang under the qui tam, or whistle-blower, provisions of the False Claims Act.

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