Photo credit: Flickr user Bill Brooks under a Creative Commons license.
Photo credit: Flickr user Bill Brooks under a Creative Commons license.

Millennium Health, a San Diego-based clinical laboratory, has reached a $256 million settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice to resolve years of allegations that it billed Medicare, Medicaid and other health programs for unnecessary testing, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported Tuesday.

An inewsource analysis last summer found that Millennium was the top San Diego-area recipient of Medicare payments to providers in 2012.

Medicare paid the company more than $190 million for nearly 8.7 million separate drug tests conducted at its Rancho Bernardo lab.

The Union-Tribune reported that the settlement resolves several lawsuits against the company, including those filed by former employees, medical practices and others.

Last June, a Florida jury hit the company with a $15 million judgment in a lawsuit brought by a competitor that alleged unfair competition and accused Millennium of submitting false claims to Medicare and other federal programs.

In a statement issued the day of the verdict, the company said, “Millennium takes compliance very seriously. Ethical business practices and compliance with state and federal healthcare laws have been, and always will be, vitally important to us.”

Use our searchable database to see what services Millennium, other local labs, doctors’ private practices and other medical establishments billed Medicare for in 2012.

Joe Yerardi is a freelance data journalist for inewsource, where he worked between 2013 and 2016 as an investigative reporter and data specialist. To contact him with questions, tips or corrections, email