Former medical society prez settles Medicare fraud charges

A former president of the Harris County Medical Society and his diagnostic and surgical center have agreed to pay more than $1.5 million to settle allegations of Medicare fraud.

The U.S. Department of Justice on Wednesday announced the agreement, which concerns allegations that Dr. Gurunath Thota Reddy and other doctors at Memorial Hermann Endoscopy and Surgery Center in North Houston over a 7½-year period performed colonoscopies so quickly that they were “essentially worthless.”

“When Medicare pays for a patient to undergo a medical procedure, Medicare expects the health care provider to follow established medical standards of care and sanitation,” Abe Martinez, acting U.S. attorney, said in a news release. “There is no excuse for short-cutting quality in order to increase revenues.”

Source: Former medical society prez settles Medicare fraud charges / Chron

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