The Westchester County Hospital, which does business as the Westchester Medical Center, will pay $7 million to settle False Claims Act charges that it made false reimbursement claims to Medicaid. Federal officials alleged that the hospital billed Medicaid for millions of dollars of outpatient services at its mental health center that lacked the core documentation required by Medicaid regulations. Preet Bharara, who is the U.S. Attorney in Manhattan, made his position very clear when he said:
Medicaid is a vital resource for people who suffer from physical and mental illnesses and related conditions. We have absolutely no tolerance for those who fail to comply with the program, particularly in these lean times when budgets are stretched thin and belts are being tightened. We will continue to work with our federal and state partners to protect the Medicaid program against waste, fraud and abuse.
It’s very sad to see all the widespread cheating in this country’s medical community. Programs such as Medicaid were designed to benefit folks who need help. Taking money away from programs that have genuine needs is intolerable. It’s most unfortunate to learn that some medical providers believe they can cheat and get away with it in federal programs. Hopefully, those days are nearing their end.
Source: Corporate Crime Reporter
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