A Missouri physician has been ordered to pay $4.1 million to the federal government as part of HHS' aggressive pursuit of Medicare fraud.
Marlou Davis, a St. Louis physician, was accused of billing the government for unjustified Medicare claims. A U.S. district judge ordered him to refund $334,610 in Part B Medicare overpayments, then pay $3.1 million in civil penalties and $1 million in treble damages. The physician must also pay $45,590 in investigatory expenses and $32,330 in attorney's fees.
Davis could not be reached for comment but earlier told a newspaper that the allegations were "absolute baloney."
In its civil suit the government estimated that Davis filed 800 false Medicare claims in 1986 and 1987 for unnecessary tests.