file-stack.jpgMONROE, NORTH CAROLINA (May 7, 2011) – A gynecologist accused of billing Medicaid for services that patients never received, settled her case for double of what she billed the insurance provider. From 2003 to 2008, Dr. Latika Patel filed false claims for more than 1,000 patients.
The doctor admitted that mistakes were made and accepted responsibility for the errors. Dr. Patel contends her staff made the errors and she had been focusing more on patient care and less on the office management side of the business. Investigators believe the doctor knowingly “upcoded” for more involved and more expensive services that were not performed.
Investigators also found the doctor had billed for services performed at one clinic when she was not at that clinic on the day billed. The terms of the settlement include that Dr. Patel does not have to admit liability, and the government does not agree that its claims were not “well-founded.” No criminal charges were brought in the matter. Dr. Patel will now also be subject to audits, at her expense, of her practice and all billing will be monitored for five years.
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