Oklahoma hospital, former COO, physicians to pay $1.6 million to settle false-billing allegations

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The United States Attorney’s Office of the Western District of Oklahoma recently issued a release in which an Oklahoma hospital, administrator and physicians have agreed to pay more than $1.6 million to settle allegations of submitting false claims for medical services provided to Medicare patients.

The Department of Justice alleged that, from 2008 and 2016, Norman Regional, former COO Greg Terrell and the six radiologists submitted false claims for radiological services that required “personal” supervision. These services were performed by radiological practitioner assistants without a radiologist present.

According to the release, when these allegations came to light, the hospital and additional defendants cooperated with the government’s investigation. Shortly after, they agreed to pay $1.6 million to resolve the case.

Norman Regional did not admit liability in the settlement, while the government did not make any concessions regarding the legitimacy of the claims.

See the release here: