Tennessee physicians settle allegations of overbilling

Morgan Haefner –
Monday, November 2nd, 2020
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The settlement, announced Oct. 30, involves Shoaib Qureshi, MD, and Imran Mirza, MD. Dr. Qureshi owns and operates Memphis Primary Care Specialists and Lunceford Family Health. Dr. Mirza owns and runs Getwell Family Medicine.

The Justice Department declared that from 2015-18, Drs. Qureshi and Mirza and their clinics overbilled Medicare for services offered by nurse specialists who werent monitored by physicians. While Medicare will pay the higher physician rate for some services provided by a nurse practitioner if they are directly supervised by a doctor, this was not the case at the Memphis practices, where physicians were often out of state or abroad when the services happened, according to the Justice Department..

The doctors accepted pay $341,690 to fix the allegations. The allegations were first raised in a whistleblower suit.

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Main care doctors in Memphis, Tenn., agreed to fix accusations that they charged Medicare for services offered by nurse specialists at the higher doctor rate, according to the Justice Department..

The settlement, announced Oct. 30, involves Shoaib Qureshi, MD, and Imran Mirza, MD. Dr. Qureshi runs and owns Memphis Primary Care Specialists and Lunceford Family Health. Dr. Mirza owns and operates Getwell Family Medicine. All of the practices remain in Memphis.

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