Las Vegas Doctor Agrees to Medicare Settlement

LAS VEGAS --  A Las Vegas radiation oncologist agreed to settle with the Justice Department to resolve civil allegations of health care fraud to the Medicare program, Nevada's U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden said Monday.

The agreement, effective Sept. 17, states that Dr. Navneet Sharda, who owns Cancer Care Center in Las Vegas, agreed to pay $486,000 to the United States to resolve allegations that he improperly billed Medicare from January 2006 through March 2010. Sharda allegedly over billed federal health care insurance programs such as Medicare, Tricare and the Federal Employees Health Benefits program, by unbundling the billings for the treatments he provided. Unbundling is when a doctor splits the billing for a major procedure into several smaller procedures to obtain more money from the government than he or she is entitled to receive.

The settlement states that it is neither an admission of liability by Sharda nor a concession by the United States that its claims are not well founded.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Roger Wenthe prosecuted the case, and it was investigated by the Office of the Inspector General for the Health and Human Services Department.


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