Doctors, practice settle billings case for $3.7M

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Federal authorities say an Elizabethtown medical practice and two owners have agreed to a $3.7 million settlement in a case alleging false billings for chemotherapy patients.

A settlement agreement announced Tuesday by the U.S. attorney's office in Louisville said federal and state officials contend that Dr. Rafiq Ur Rahman and Dr. Yusuf K. Deshmukh billed for unnecessary evaluations and along with their practice, Elizabethtown Hematology Oncology, extended chemotherapy times so they could improperly bill Medicare, Medicaid and other government health care programs.

Attorneys for Rahman and Deskmukh did not immediately return phone messages left after hours at their offices.

The U.S. attorney's office said some of the allegations were included in a "whistleblower" lawsuit brought by another physician, who will receive more than $280,000 in the settlement.

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