Manchester drug addiction practice to pay government back $ 1million | Connecticut and region
Connecticut Addiction Medicine, a medical practice that treats drug and alcohol patients at five Connecticut offices, including one in Manchester, has agreed to pay the federal and state governments $ 1 million for what officials see as improper billing of programs. Medicare and Medicaid. .
According to statements from the offices of U.S. Attorney Leonard C. Boyle and State Attorney General William Tong, the medical office conducted and billed for unnecessary drug tests between December 2015 and August 2017.
Connecticut Addiction Medicine has offices at 63 E. Center St. in Manchester and in Hartford, Bridgeport, Rocky Hill and Norwich.
Boyle and Tong said an investigation by the Office of the Inspector General of the US Department of Health and Human Services determined that the doctor’s office was performing urine drug tests on site and then submitting the same urine samples to an independent lab for “confirmatory testing,” which provide more detailed results. On-site testing was unnecessary as the lab often provided more detailed test results within four days, Boyle and Tong said.
“Charging government health insurance programs for unnecessary testing diverts taxpayer money needed to pay for legitimate medical needs,” Boyle said. “The government will aggressively prosecute health care providers who are overpaid by Medicare and Medicaid programs for unnecessary testing. “
Medicare is a government health program for the elderly and disabled, while Medicaid provides care for the poor.
The owners of Connecticut Addiction Medicine, Dr Jay Benson and Dr Mahboob Aslam, “knew, or should have known” that the tests for which they billed Medicare and Medicaid “were not medically necessary,” according to Boyle’s office .
Connecticut Addiction Medicine did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Those with knowledge of suspected fraud or abuse in the public health care system are urged to contact the Antitrust and Government Programs section of the Attorney General by calling 860-808-5040 or sending an email to ag.fraud @ ct.gov. They can also contact the Connecticut Medicaid Fraud Control Unit by calling 860-258-5986 or emailing [email protected]; or the state department of social services fraud reporting hotline at 1-800-842-2155, online at www.ct.gov/dss/reportingfraud, or by e-mail to [email protected]