Portsmouth, Va. – Bon Secours Maryview Center in Portsmouth and Dr. Eugene Y. Chang have agreed to pay $400,000 after Chang was accused of billing Medicare and other federal healthcare payors for breast exams and ultrasounds that were not covered.
Officials say from June 1, 2010 – December 31, 2014, Chang falsified documents with diagnosis codes that required a complaint from the patient. This would have indicated to payors that the exam was diagnostic. Dr. Chang’s own records indicated that the patient did not make a complaint at all.
Officials also say that Chang arranged for some patients to get breast exams and breast ultrasounds at six-month intervals after screening mammograms. They say he was improperly billing these services as diagnostic.
A former Bon Secours practice manager and former colleague brought the lawsuit against Chang.
The lawsuit alleges that Bon Secours’ management team knew about what Chang was doing and the company was informed about the issue in August 2011.