Missouri, Texas physicians to pay settlement over alleged lab kickback scheme

Two physicians and a medical practice agreed to pay a total of $545,610 to resolve False Claims Act allegations involving kickbacks for labaratory referrals, the U.S. Department of Justice said July 20.

Imran Chishti, MD, of Chesterfield, Mo., and Shamim Justin Badiyan, MD, of Frisco Texas, allegely recieved kickbacks from purpoted management service organizations in exchange for ordering laboratory tests, according to a news release. 

Dr. Chishti is paying $125,504 to resolve allegations he took kickbacks from the purpoted MSOs, Infinity Nine Health Group and Alari Group between July 2016 to August 2018 and from August 2018 to July 2020. Dr. Badiyan is paying $182,676 to resolve allegations he took kickbacks from Avior Group between November 2017 to June 2022. 

Psych Care Consultants, a practice in St. Louis, is also paying $217,430 to resolve kickback allegations that stem from payments recieved between January 2019 to March 2020.

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