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FBI Accuses Owings Mills Company of Medicare Fraud

Federal officials charge in court documents that Alpha Diagnostics falsely said doctors had reviewed X-rays.

The FBI has accused Alpha Diagnostics of Owings Mills of overcharging Medicare. File | Patch
The FBI has accused Alpha Diagnostics of Owings Mills of overcharging Medicare. File | Patch

The FBI is charging in court documents that an executive at Alpha Diagnostics, an Owings Mills medical company, lied about whether X-rays were examined by doctors, reports the Baltimore Sun.

If true, the practice may have endangered patients, the newspaper said. Federal investigators have accused Alpha Diagnostics officials of defrauding Medicare by at least $3.3 million.

Reportedly, the executive reviewed the diagnostic tests and lied by saying they were being reviewed by a team of doctors at a separate firm. That led to medical conditions of some residents at a Virginia nursing home being overlooked, the Sun says. The FBI also says the company routinely overcharged Medicare by claiming technicians carried out additional X-rays.

Jeff Ifrah, an attorney for Alpha Diagnostics, told the Sun the company disputes the allegations and is cooperating with federal authorities.

No charges have been filed in the case. 

Read the full story on the Baltimore Sun website.

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