California pain physician to stand trial in self-referral to lab, ASC case

Sanjoy Banerjee, MD, a pain management physician, will stand trial in California on allegations of self-referral, according to a report on My News LA.


Three things to know:

1. Dr. Banerjee is accused of referring workers' compensation patients to a laboratory and ASC he owned for treatment. He billed health insurers for $180,000 for the tests and treatments between November 2014 and December 2016, according to the report.

2. California bans physicians from self-referring patients and Dr. Banerjee had previously signed doctor's reports stating he did not refer patients to companies he owned. However, the judge in a preliminary hearing found sufficient evidence for him to stand trial on two counts of insurance fraud and three perjury counts.

3. Dr. Banerjee posted a $30,000 bond and maintains his medical license.

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