The U.S. Attorney’s Office is accusing Cockerell Dermatopathology (CDP) of submitting $4.2 million in fraudulent claims to TRICARE, the healthcare program for the nation’s military members.
The False Claims Act lawsuit was filed against Dr. Clay Cockerell, who allegedly permitted a laboratory management company to use his clinic’s lab license to submit false claims. These unnecessary tests were submitted to federal health insurance programs.
In March 2015, the government says Cockerell authorized management company Progen to use his clinic’s license to submit claims for toxicology and pharmacogenomic tests in exchange for 20 percent of net revenue from Progen for the fraudulent tests. Cockerell attempted to avoid the federal anti-kickback laws by specifying that his clinic would not provide services to federal beneficiaries like TRICARE, Medicare, and Medicaid.