Failure to Return Overpayment Credit Balances Results in a False Claims Act Settlement by Cardiovascular Practice11.02.17
A Jacksonville cardiovascular practice entered into a $448,821 False Claims Act Settlement with the U. S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida for failing to return overpayments within 60 days of identification as required by the False Claims Act. It was alleged that the practice failed to return over $175,000 in overpayments to federal healthcare programs. There was no allegation that the overpayments were received through intentional misconduct.
The qui tam suit was brought by a former employee of the group that had attempted to raise the issue with the practice on several occasions. The government later intervened in the case. Internal communications of the employee’s attempts to raise the issue formed the basis for the government’s claim.
This settlement highlights the importance of maintenance of an effective compliance program that includes the monitoring and prompt repayment of identified overpayments. For more information, click here: https://www.justice.gov/usao-mdfl/pr/jacksonville-cardiovascular-practice-agrees-pay-more-440000-resolve-false-claims-act