MASSDEVICE ON CALL — The U.S. Government accused 2 Florida radiation oncologists and a group of treatment centers of defrauding state and government health programs for more than $3.5 million by conducting unnecessary procedures and lying about them.
Since at least December 2007 and continuing through October 2011 the defendants allegedly billed Medicare and other health services for "unreasonable, unnecessary, or medically improper radiation diagnosis treatments provided to patients without complying with the regulations, protocols, and requirements for reimbursement."
The lawsuit also alleges that the accused improperly treated patients without proper supervision, falsified records to justify reimbursement for unnecessary procedures and concealed material facts from government-sponsored health programs, according to court documents.
Defendants include Drs. Gerland Lowrey and Rod Krentel, the Gulf Region Radiation Oncology Center, Sacred Heart Health systems, West Florida Medical Center Clinic and Radiation Oncology Center.
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