Physical Therapy clinic pays $2.78 million to settle false Medicare claims

 

Alliance Rehabilitation LLC and Active Physical Therapy Services have agreed to pay Uncle Sam $2.78 million for submitting claims for services not rendered. Two former Alliance employees filed a lawsuit using whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act. Those employees will receive a more than $400,000 share of the settlement.

“These physical therapy clinics overbilled the federal programs that provide health care to senior citizens and military families,” said U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen Jr. in a statement. “If health care providers want to be paid for their services with taxpayer dollars, they have to play by the rules. Americans deserve to know that they are getting their money’s worth.”

In a statement, Active Physical Therapy and Alliance Rehabilitation denied their billings were improper.

The announcement came the same day  the spotlight was pointed toward Medicare billingafter the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services  released extensive data on physician Medicare billing. That data shows the services and procedures provided to Medicare beneficiaries by physicians and other health care professionals.