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Md. medical practices, doctors to pay nearly $3M in Medicare overbilling settlement

Three Maryland medical practices and a medical billing company have agreed to pay $3.3 million to settle an investigation into Medicare overbilling, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.

Advanced Cardiology Center, a cardiovascular practice in Rockville, and its owners Dr. Pankaj Lal, Dr. Mubashar Choudry and Dr. Moshin Ijaz agreed to pay $1.9 million; Kenilworth Internists PA in Riverdale and Dr. Reva Gill agreed to pay $242,204; and Dr. Sureshkumar Muttath, an internal medicine doctor in Riverdale, agreed to pay $659,726.

Reston, Va., billing company Engage Medical Inc. and its owner agreed to pay $544,500.

The doctors, practices and billing company were being investigated over nuclear stress tests, which assess cardiac function, conducted between July 31, 2007, and March 8, 2011. Over that period, doctors and practices hired Engage to help process billings, and the company routinely billed Medicare twice for the same tests, according to prosecutors U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein and Nicholas DiGiulio, special agent in charge of the office of investigations within the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the Inspector General.

Under the settlements, the doctors, practices and company did not admit any wrongdoing nor did prosecutors concede that their claims were unfounded, according to court documents.

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