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January 25, 2015

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Las Vegas doctor to pay nearly $500,000 over Medicare fraud allegations


Steve Marcus

Dr. Navneet Sharda displays paperwork and legal documents in March 2009. He won a $60,000 verdict against a fellow doctor Sharda says defamed him by criticizing his character and medical expertise.

A Las Vegas cancer specialist has agreed to pay the Justice Department $486,000 to resolve allegations of Medicare fraud, Nevada’s U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden announced Monday.

The radiation oncologist, Navneet Sharda, who owns and operates Cancer Care Center in Las Vegas, agreed to the monetary settlement Sept. 17, officials said. Sharda allegedly overbilled federal health care insurance programs — Medicare, TRICARE and FEHB, for instance — by unbundling the billings for treatments he provided, officials said.

Unbundling happens when a doctor splits the billing for a major procedure into several smaller ones to receive more money from the government, officials said.

Federal authorities allege Sharda made improper billings to Medicare from January 2006 through March 2010. The settlement agreement, however, is neither an admission of liability by Sharda nor a concession by the United States that its claims were wrong, officials said.

The Office of the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services investigated the case.

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  1. So has he been "debarred" from any and all further billing?