Kaiser Permanente agreed to pay the U.S. and California $3.75 million to settle False Claims Act allegations that services billed to Medicare and Medicaid as provided by teaching physicians were provided by unsupervised residents.
Kaiser agrees to $3.75 million settlement
Kaiser discovered the lack of supervision documentation, dating from 1996 to 2002, during an internal review and disclosed the matter to HHS’ inspector general’s office in 2005.
The claims at issue involve four of the company’s California operations: Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Permanente Medical Group and Southern California Permanente Medical Group. “We are pleased to have reached this settlement, and will continue to work on behalf of our members to maintain the integrity of our documentation and billing processes,” Kaiser said in a written statement.
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