Corporate Compliance

Speech therapists and three Idaho hospitals pay $2.425 million to settle healthcare fraud lawsuit

Compliance Monitor, December 8, 2010

Two speech therapists, Matthew Stevens and Michelle Dahlberg, and three hospitals in Eastern Idaho agreed to pay $2.425 million to settle healthcare fraud allegations, according to a Department of Justice (DOJ) press release.

Beginning in 2001, Dahlberg and/or Stevens and their businesses allegedly used unqualified aides to deliver speech therapy services to outpatients of Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center, Madison Memorial Hospital, and Idaho Falls Recovery Center. Those services were then inappropriately billed to Medicaid as licensed speech therapy services, according to the DOJ.

Jennifer Putnam filed the lawsuit under the qui tam provision of the False Claims Act. Putnam will receive approximately $364,000.

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