March 22, 2021

An Oakland County Cardiologist, Dinesh M. Shah, M.D. and his practice, Michigan Physicians Group, P.C. (MPG) have paid the United States $2 million to resolve allegations that they violated the False Claims Act by knowingly billing federal healthcare programs for diagnostic testing that was either unnecessary or not performed. MPG is a Michigan professional corporation with primary offices located in Berkley and Livonia, Michigan, and with administrative offices, labs, and testing sites at other locations within the metropolitan Detroit area. Shah is a practicing cardiologist and the sole owner of MPG.

This settlement resolves allegations that from 2006 to 2017, Shah and MPG knowingly billed government programs, including Medicare, Medicaid, and TRICARE, for unnecessary diagnostic testing. The investigation focused on the provision of a group of diagnostic tests, which included Ankle Brachial Index and Toe Brachial Index tests, known as ABI/TBIs, which were routinely performed on patients without first being ordered by a physician and without regard to medical necessity. The ABI compares blood pressure in the ankle to blood pressure in the arm to determine how well blood is flowing from the heart to the feet. The TBI is an additional measure to assess blood pressure readings at the toes.

The investigation also focused on the provision of unnecessary Nuclear Stress Tests. The United States alleged that Shah was routinely ordering, and MPG was providing, unnecessary Nuclear Stress Tests to some patients. During a Nuclear Stress Test, a small amount of radioactive tracer is injected into a vein, after which it is detected by a special camera that produces images used to evaluate blood flow to the heart.

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Source:  Department of Justice

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