Doctor to pay $1.15M to settle billing claims

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) — A Jackson-area cardiologist has agreed to pay $1.15 million to settle claims that he billed Medicare and Medicaid for medically unnecessary cardiac stent placements.

According to a news release from the U.S. Justice Department, Dr. Elie Korban owns Delta Clinic, with offices in Jackson and Lexington, and has privileges at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital and Regional Hospital of Jackson.

The government claims that for four years between Jan. 1, 2005, and Dec. 31, 2008, Korban placed cardiac stents that were not medically necessary in Medicare and Medicaid patients. The government also claims that Korban improperly billed for work performed by substitute doctors.

In addition to the monetary settlement, Korban has entered into an integrity agreement that requires monitoring by internal and independent external reviewers.

Korban did not admit to wrongdoing.

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