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Cardiologist Said He Never Filed False Claims

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JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) - A Jackson cardiologist who agreed to pay $1.15 million to settle claims that he overbilled Medicare and Medicaid said he never filed a false claim.

An attorney for Dr. Elie Korban said a group of board certified cardiologists reviewed Korban's patient files and agreed the medical procedures he billed for were necessary.

Korban was accused of performing medically unnecessary cardiac stent placements between 2005 and 2008. U.S. Justice Department officials said he violated the False Claims Act.

Korban's attorney, J. Houston Gordon, said in a release that Korban denied ever submitting a false claim. The release said independent cardiologists concluded that the stents were medically necessary and improved the health of the patients.

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