Cardiology company president accused of Stark law, kickback violations 

The Justice Department has filed a complaint against the former president, CFO and co-owner of Cardiac Imaging for alleged Stark law violations. 

Rick Nassenstein allegedly played a central role in a scheme in which the company paid referring cardiologists exorbitant fees to supervise PET scans from at least 2017 through June 2023, according to a Feb. 5 news release from the Justice Department.

The complaint alleges Mr. Nassenstein entered compensation arrangements with referring cardiologists where they were paid as if they were supervising scans even if they were providing care in an office or were off-site. It also alleges the fees substantially exceeded fair market value for cardiologists' service. 

In October, Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.-based Cardiac Imaging and former CEO Sam Kancherlapalli agreed to pay more than $85 million to resolve False Claims Act allegations.

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