The “whistle-blower” complaint was filed in 2016 by the company’s billing manager, Jeffrey Scott.
The lawsuit states Scott began warning company officials of improper and fraudulent billing in 2011, but for years was ignored or berated for raising issues. The lawsuit alleges AZCCC engaged in double billing, charged for unnecessary medical services and overcharged for testing and treatments.
The Arizona Republic reports the Peoria-based company, known legally as Arizona Center for Hematology and Oncology PLC, has 35 offices in Maricopa County, with 65 physicians specializing in oncology, urology, hematology and gynecological oncology. The company advertises treating more than 30,000 patients.
In a preliminary ruling, U.S. District Judge David Campbell rejected a defendant’s motion to dismiss, maintaining three of four counts in the complaint. Attorneys for both parties declined to comment.
Read more about the allegations and counterclaims in this worrisome litigation in The Arizona Republic.