Parker Hughes Cancer Center, which came under fire this week against allegations that it exaggerated the experience of staff physicians, also is being questioned about Medicaid billing practices and the practice of offering financial incentives to patients as a plan to get paid more from Minnesota's second-largest HMO.
A former physician from Parker Hughes, Roseville, Minn., alleged that the clinic's founder, Fatih Uckun, offered to waive his patients' copayments, which enabled the clinic to collect funds from HealthPartners as an out-of-network provider, the Star Tribune reported. Most of the patients had insurance through Bloomington, Minn.-based HealthPartners, which does not include Parker Hughes in its network.
"We have some serious concerns about what we are hearing," HealthPartners spokesman Joe Dangor said. The HMO is launching an investigation, he said.
Parker Hughes also repeatedly submitted bills to Medicaid for two blood tests asking to be paid at four times the usual rate, according to the newspaper's analysis of claims. A Parker Hughes spokesman said the clinic was reviewing the allegations. -- by Patrick Reilly