A company that provides hospice care is denying that it paid kickbacks to a disgraced Detroit-area cancer doctor but said it is paying $200,000 to the government to avoid costly litigation.
Vitas Healthcare, based in Miami, released a statement Wednesday, a day after the federal government announced the settlement.
The U.S. attorney in Detroit said an employee at Vitas reported that the company contributed about $16,000 to a foundation by Farid Fata, M.D., and got 23 patient referrals over a two-year period.
Fata is serving a 45-year prison sentence for putting hundreds of patients through needless cancer treatments in Southeast Michigan.
Vitas executive Kal Mistry said the contributions to Fata's charity were legitimate. She said the settlement includes no acknowledgment of wrongdoing.