A little over a year ago, a Massachusetts bone marrow registry made headlines for hiring models in blue wigs and black skirts to attract prospective donors. To make matters worse, the registry was part of a scheme to charge insurance companies extremely high fees for lab tests.
The Attorney General Offices of New Hampshire and Massachusetts have settled with UMASS Memorial Health care in a scandal tied to bone marrow testing.
UMASS Memorial Health Care owned the testing lab that housed the Caitlin Raymond International Registry. High testing fees triggered an investigation a bit over a year ago.
Under the settlement, UMASS Memorial agrees to pay a total of about $850,000. About two thirds of that goes to Massachusetts where most of the bone marrow donors lived. The hospital will pay New Hampshire about $250,000.