Texas docs plead guilty. Two Texas physicians pleaded guilty last month to income tax violations in an ongoing federal kickback investigation, said the U.S. attorney in Dallas. Fort Worth radiologist Victor Eugene McCall, 67, understated his income by nearly $800,000 received through fraudulently submitted medical claims by chiropractor Mark Allen Darner. Darner was sentenced in November to five years in prison and $2.8 million in restitution for falsely billing insurers. A federal judge in Dallas will sentence McCall March 18. White Oak anesthesiologist Norman Seid, 39, pled guilty last month to filing a false tax return and underreporting his income by $237,000. He'll be sentenced March 29.
Docs may resolve fraud charges. University Physicians, a University of Maryland doctors group, may become the latest to resolve allegations of Medicare billing fraud as part of a national federal investigation. Members include 19 independent university doctor groups practicing at 606-bed University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore. They tentatively agreed last month, without admitting guilt, to pay $8.3 million to settle civil Medicare allegations.