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Clinical lab chain pays $1.8 million to settle charges of double-billing
Sacramento Business Journal

Quest Diagnostics has paid the federal government $1.79 million to settle allegations that it submitted false claims to the Medicare program, U.S. Attorney Benjamin Wagner announced Tuesday.

Based in Madison, N.J., Quest Diagnostics has 10 clinical laboratory draw and testing stations in the Sacramento area. The company bought more than 50 testing centers in California and Nevada from Dignity Health in 2013.

The settlement resolves allegations that labs now owned by Quest submitted duplicate claims for certain venipuncture services — vein puncture to draw blood, do intravenous feeing or administer medicine — as well as some panel tests and components of those panels.