The Illinois Attorney General has reached a settlement with MIDI, LLC (MIDI), a company operating a nationwide network of diagnostic imaging centers, concerning allegations that 14 of the company's Illinois MRI centers paid kickbacks to physicians. Under the settlement, MIDI will pay a total of $1.2 million to settle the state's lawsuit. The settlement also explicitly prohibits the radiology centers from entering into any kickback arrangements with referring physicians in Illinois. The case stemmed from a whistleblower's allegation that the MRI centers had entered into lease arrangements which were purported shams used to pay doctors to refer patients to the centers. This recent settlement is yet another clear indication that arrangements between imaging centers and physicians are under increasing scrutiny not just from the federal government, but the states as well. Please read the state's news release here.