A Northeast Florida surgery and pain management clinic will pay $7.4 million in fines to the federal government in a case of excessive billing over a pattern of drug testing that included expensive screens of elderly patients for drugs such as ecstasy, cocaine and heroin.
Coastal Spine and Pain Center operates clinics in Jacksonville and across the region and sees an estimated 200,000 clients a year. The clinics performed unnecessary drug screenings of patients then charged Medicare and Tricare, the medical insurance provider for military veterans. The settlement covered only government billings. The fine represents a doubling of the amount the company billed for tests conducted from August 2015 to Feb. 1, 2016.
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