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21st Century Oncology to pay $34.7 million for False Claims Act violations

Jaclyn Jaeger | March 8, 2016

21st Century Oncology, a physician-led integrated cancer care provider, and its wholly owned subsidiary South Florida Radiation Oncology, will pay $34.7 million to settle allegations that they performed and billed for procedures that were not medically necessary.

According to the Department of Justice, the settlement relates to defendants use of a medical procedure—called the Gamma function—to measure the exit dose of radiation from a patient after receiving radiation treatment. According to the allegations, the defendants knowingly and improperly billed for this procedure under circumstances where the procedure served no medically appropriate purpose. 

The lawsuit was originally filed under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act by Joseph Ting, a former physicist at South Florida Radiation Oncology. Under those...

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