FBI Investigating Whether L.A. Clinic Overprescribed, Overbilled Medicare for Rare Cardiac Treatment
The FBI is investigating Global Cardio Care Centers in Los Angeles after it collected more than $2 million from Medicare in 2012 for a rarely used cardiac treatment, called "enhanced external counterpulsation." According to a previous Wall Street Journal article, the clinic collected significantly more for the treatment than any provider in the U.S. Ronald Weaver, owner of the clinic, declined to respond to questions about the FBI probe but said his clinic's prescription and billing practices are "in full accordance with all applicable laws, regulations and guidelines."
- "FBI Probes Medicare Billing at Los Angeles Clinic" (Stewart et al., Wall Street Journal, 6/22).
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