Huntsville doctor pleads guilty to charging insurance companies millions for unnecessary tests

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A Huntsville doctor has agreed to plead guilty to charging insurers millions of dollars for unnecessary tests.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Alabama said Dr. Eric Beck, 63, has been charged with one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud. The charges allege that Beck, operator of the Valley Center for Nerve Studies and Rehabilitation in Huntsville, conspired with the owner of QBR, a Huntsville-based testing company, to bill insurers millions of dollars for electrodiagnostic tests — which these tests were medically necessary.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office further said that Beck billed insurers through his National Provider Identification Number, even when he did not personally conduct, supervise, interpret, or have anything to do with the testing at the time. beyond the use of his NPI number.

Beck filed a plea agreement on Thursday, agreeing to plead guilty. The settlement shows Beck billed insurers more than $28 million for the medically unnecessary tests.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office added that Beck cooperated fully with authorities during the investigation. Beck faces up to five years in prison for conspiracy.

Kristan F. Talley