SLEEP LLCS TO REIMBURSE U.S. FOR $650,000 IN FALSE CLAIMS

PhotobucketWASHINGTON, D.C. – Two related sleep medicine and durable health equipment companies have agreed to repay the United States $650,000 in false claims made to Medicare. The companies, Areté Sleep Therapy LLC and Areté Holdings LLC, with facilities in Arizona and Texas, billed the claims as part of sleep diagnostic studies performed by technicians who did not hold the proper licensure or certification according to Medicare policies. The amount to be reimbursed also includes claims made for provision of durable medical equipment as a result of those tests.
In January 2011, Areté filed for Chapter 11 in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court and agreed to pay the False Claims Act settlement from monies received following the sale of its assets. The allegations came as a result of a whistleblower lawsuit, and as a result, the person reporting the fraud will receive a portion of monies repaid, which in this case total $107,250.
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