Corporate Compliance

Kansas M.D. pays over a million in False Claims settlement

Healthcare Auditing Weekly, March 10, 2009

A Kansas cardiologist and his practice group will pay $1.3 million to the United States to settle claims that the physician and his group violated the False Claims Act between 2001 and 2006, according to a Department of Justice press release.
 
This is the second significant settlement the government made with Joseph Galichia, M.D. and Galichia Medical Group—in May 2000, the physician and practice group agreed to pay $1.5 million to settle False Claims Act violations.
 
In the most recent case, the government contends the group submitted claims for services not provided, as well as claims submitted without proper documentation. In the May 2000 case, the government contended Galichia billed Medicare for a higher level of service than provided, billed twice for the same services, and billed for services not provided.

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