New York neurosurgeon indicted for unnecessary, invasive tests in kickback scheme
By Admin | August 03, 2022
Neurosurgeon Payam Toobian, MD, and his business, America's Imaging Center, have been indicted for allegedly defrauding Medicaid by forcing patients to undergo "unnecessary and invasive medical tests," New York Attorney General Letitia James said in an Aug. 1 statement.
Dr. Toobian, 51, is accused of running a yearslong kickback scheme in which he bribed physicians for patient referrals. He allegedly performed medically unnecessary tests and filed false claims to Medicaid.
The tests included MRIs of the brain, cervical spine and lumbar spine, all "with contrast," according to prosecutors, which required subjecting patients to unnecessary and invasive injections.
Prosecutors said from January 2006 to August 2017 Dr. Toobian allegedly gave gift cards, cash and checks totaling more than $547,000 to three physicians in exchange for their referrals of patients to Empire Imaging, a diagnostic radiology center in...(More)
For more info please read, New York neurosurgeon indicted for unnecessary, invasive tests in kickback scheme, by Becker's Spine Review