Corporate Compliance

Dental center pays $10M to resolve false claims allegations

Compliance Monitor, April 16, 2008

Allegedly billing for unnecessary dental services performed on indigent children cost Medicaid Dental Center (MDC) $10 million, according to a Department of Justice (DOJ) press release.

MDC and its owners, including Michael A. DeRose, DDS, P.A., and Letitia L. Ballance, DDS, submited false claims for reimbursement for performing baby root canals that were not medically necessary, according to the DOJ. MDC and its owners also allegedly submitted false claims for reimbursement for stainless steel crowns that were not medically necessary and for failure to obtain informed consent for all medical procedures and services.

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