Hendersonville doctor charged with kickback violations

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Authorities say a Hendersonville doctor has been indicted by a federal grand jury and is charged with five counts of violating the federal anti-kickback act.

The office of David Rivera, the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee, issued a release saying that 56-year-old Hailu T. Kabtimer is accused of getting cash kickbacks for referring patients to an equipment supplier. The release did not name the company that supplied the medical equipment.

Authorities say the indictment alleges that Kabtimer got payments totaling $3,400 for referring patients to the equipment supplier in 2013 and 2014. Authorities said the doctor is accused of getting $200 for patients referred for a CPAP ventilator and $300 per patient referred for an oxygen unit.

Phones messages left with Kabtimer’s office were unreturned.