Oklahoma Chiropractic Clinic, Owner, and Referring Physicians Pay $465,000 to Settle Federal False Claims Act and Kickback Allegations

From United States Department of Justice:

Chiropractic Associates and Dr. Scott Kirkpatrick paid $365,000 to settle allegations of wrongfully paying physicians to induce referrals of durable medical equipment (DME), leading to the submission of false claims to the Medicare program. Dr. Cash Biddle and Dr. Chad Keeney each paid $50,000 to settle allegations that they received remuneration from Chiropractic Associates and/or Dr. Kirkpatrick to induce referrals of Medicare DME orders.

From October 2017 to July 2021, Chiropractic Associates and Dr. Kirkpatrick allegedly violated the Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS) and/or the Physician Self-Referral Law (Stark Law) by paying referring providers to induce referrals of Medicare DME orders. It is also alleged that Dr. Biddle and Dr. Keeney received such remuneration during certain periods.

The AKS and Stark Law aim to ensure that physicians’ medical judgments are not influenced by improper financial incentives and are based on patients’ best interests. Violations of these laws result in claims under the False Claims Act. To settle these allegations, Chiropractic Associates and Dr. Kirkpatrick paid $365,000, and Dr. Biddle and Dr. Keeney each paid $50,000 to the U.S.

In reaching this settlement, Chiropractic Associates, Dr. Kirkpatrick, Dr. Biddle, and Dr. Keeney did not admit liability, and the government did not make any concessions about the legitimacy of the claims. The agreements allow the parties to avoid the delay, expense, and uncertainty associated with litigation.