Janzen, Johnston & Rockwell Emergency Medicine Management Services, a healthcare billing company based in El Segundo, Calif., agreed to pay $4.6 million to settle false claims allegations, including inflated emergency room physician bills, the U.S. Justice Department said.
Billing company to settle false-claims case
The settlement resolves Medicare and Louisiana Medicaid false claims allegations against the company, the Justice Department said. Janzen, Johnston & Rockwell did not respond to a request for comment at deadline.
Le Jeanne Harris, a former employee of the company, who sued Janzen, Johnston & Rockwell under the False Claims Act, is expected to receive $774,450 of the settlement, authorities said in a news release.
The lawsuit and a federal investigation alleged Janzen, Johnston & Rockwell inflated and added other providers' claims to emergency department physician bills for clients in California and Louisiana. The changes, though minor, added up over time, the agency said in the release. Janzen, Johnston & Rockwell's coding formula from 2000 to 2007 boosted the bills, the Justice Department claimed.
Janzen, Johnston & Rockwell also improperly billed when submitting Medicare claims for teaching physicians, the enforcement agency said.
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