Health Diagnostics Laboratory (HDL) Inc. founder Tonya Mallory made at least $26 million while leading the blood testing laboratory that filed for bankruptcy in June. Meanwhile, HDL's marketing contractor, BlueWave Healthcare Consultants, Inc. made $223 million over a five year period while distributing as much as $68 million in kickbacks.
Even after reportedly negotiating a $250 million settlement with the federal government for unnecessary drug tests dating back to 2012, Millennium Health's legal woes appear to be far from over.
Health Diagnostic Laboratory Inc. has filed a counter lawsuit against Cigna, claiming the insurer owes the lab $66 million for legitimate blood-testing services.
Aetna has filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against Virginia-based Health Diagnostic Laboratory Inc. The suit alleges that the firm and its former contract sales provider, Bluewave Healthcare Consultants Inc., engaged in fraudulent billing practices.
Two cardiovascular testing labs have agreed to pay a combined $48.5 million to settle allegations that they paid physicians to handle blood samples, according to a release by the Department of Justice (DOJ). As previously reported, Health Lab Diagnostics Inc. (HDL) agreed to pay $47 million, while California-based Singulex Inc. agreed to pay $1.5 million.
Health Diagnostics Laboratory Inc. has agreed to pay approximately $47 million to the government after an investigation revealed the Virginia-based company paid fees to physicians in exchange for blood samples. The investigation raises interesting questions regarding how both laboratories and the government define kickbacks.
Amid a high-profile federal fraud investigation related to potential kickback violations, a Virginia cardiac biomarker laboratory has ended its partnership with BlueWave Healthcare Consultants Inc., pinning the wrongdoing on the sales-and-marketing contractor.
Cigna has sued a Virginia-based clinical laboratory for illegally waiving consumers' fees and billing the insurer instead. Cigna claims that the "fee forgiving" practice cost it $84 million.