The Dartmouth Hitchcock Clinic, which serves northern New England residents, has paid over $500,000 to settle claims that six of its neurologists overbilled Medicare and Medicaid. The investigation started with Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s self-disclosure of billing improprieties related to one physician in 2009. The Vermont US Attorney commented that the claims, under the False Claims Act, were based on reckless conduct for submitting the claims to the US government for payment. Dartmouth-Hitchcock was advised to improve its compliance programs to avoid subsequent claims.
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