Medical Imaging Provider Charged with Federal Health Care Fraud
TOPEKA, KAN. - A man who owned a medical imaging business was charged in federal court here today with collecting more than $1.5 million from a health care fraud scheme, U.S. Attorney Tom Beall said.
Cody Lee West, 38, Paragould, Ark., owner of C & S Imaging, Inc., was charged with one count of health care fraud. C & S Imaging was a mobile independent diagnostic testing facility that provided ultra sound diagnostic testing to health care providers.
West solicited chiropractors and told them he could provide equipment and an operator at no cost to them. West fraudulently billed Medicare for musculoskeletal exams and Doppler scans that allowed him to receive up to $410 per patient for services that were not ordered by a physician, not medically necessary, not performed or not documented. He also used fraudulent methods to attempt to provide documentation for some of his bills.
If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. The Department of Health and Human Services and the Kansas Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Division investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tanya Treadway is prosecuting.