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US Settles Medicare Billing Fraud Lawsuit with Health Care Provider

Lawfuel.com – Law Newswire Service – Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Thomas O’Donnell, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG), New York region, announced today that the United States has settled for $1 million a civil health care False Claims Act lawsuit it filed on March 5, 2013 in Manhattan federal court against PARK AVENUE MEDICAL ASSOCIATES, P.C., PARK AVENUE HEALTH CARE MANAGEMENT, LLC, and PARK AVENUE HEALTH CARE MANAGEMENT, INC. (collectively “PAMA”), affiliated companies in the business of providing multi-specialty medical services in New York.

This settlement resolves a lawsuit alleging that PAMA billed Medicare for services purportedly provided to elderly, mentally ill patients that were not medically necessary, were not documented in the medical record, or failed otherwise to comply with Medicare rules and regulations. The settlement was approved today by U.S. District Court Judge Colleen McMahon.

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