Two of America’s largest medical testing laboratories have agreed to pay fines totaling $48.5 million, having been accused of bribing doctors for patient referrals and carrying out unnecessary testing for which the bill was picked up by Medicare. Both Health Diagnostics Lab (HDL) and Singulex were deemed to have acted in violation of the False Claims Act, casting a rather unfortunate shadow on the entire American medical testing industry.
For its part in the scam, HDL has been fined a total of $47 million, while Singulex has been made to pay in the region of $1.5 million in penalties. HDL is yet to pass comment on the saga, though Singulex has in the wake of the ruling hit back with a statement to deny doing anything wrong.
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