An anesthesiology group practice affiliated with 855-bed Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, will pay $1.5 million to the state's Medicaid program to resolve allegations of billing fraud, Attorney General Tom Reilly said. Massachusetts General Hospital Anesthesia Associates allegedly double-billed Medicaid for anesthesiology services from 1997 to 2001 and failed to report the overbilling. The 130-doctor group is part of the larger Massachusetts General Physicians Organization, a 1,600-member doctors group affiliated with Massachusetts General. "This truly was a computer billing error," the organization's CFO, Jim Heffernan, said. "The state Medicaid program uses a different system. Our billing submissions were incorrect. (But) there was no intent to defraud." The settlement includes $1.2 million in returned payments and about $300,000 in penalties and reimbursement of investigation costs. The group agreed to a three-year billing compliance program, including conducting a quarterly review of claims. -- by Mark Taylor
Mass. General anesthesiologists settle charges
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