Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan today intervened in a lawsuit against several Chicago area radiology centers over their payment of illegal kickbacks to referring doctors. The complaint alleges that the radiology centers entered into sham “lease” agreements with doctors under which the doctors pay a reduced rate for MRI and CT scans but charge the patient’s insurance a higher rate, and then keep the difference.
In 2006, a private plaintiff, the owner of radiology centers in Illinois, filed the lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court on behalf of the State. The court maintained the complaint under seal Attorney General Madigan’s office investigated the allegations and determined whether to join the case. The complaint names MIDI, LLC, a Virginia-based company that operates 13 Open Advanced MRI facilities in Illinois. The complaint also names several other Chicago area radiology centers.
The lawsuit claims the defendants’ actions violate the Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act, as well as Illinois’ anti-kickback law, the Insurance Claims Fraud Prevention Act. It asks the court to order the defendants to stop paying the illegal kickbacks and seeks money damages, restitution and penalties.
Source: Office of the Illinois Attorney General
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