Fraud Claims Cost Mayo Clinic $1.26M

The Mayo Clinic is paying $1.26 million to settle false billing claims of never performed lab tests to Medicare and Medicaid. Mayo has already paid $263,000 to the government since the whistleblower case began in 2007. According to the state attorney’s office, the government will pay $229,822 to the four whistleblowers involved.

Allegations in 2007 involved complaints of how Mayo performed tissue pathology, which were later dismissed by the court, according to Mayo in an Aug. 2, 2012 statement. And in 2010, the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) intervention dealt with surgical pathology billing issues only.

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“Upon discovering a billing error in 2007, Mayo promptly corrected it and voluntarily refunded $262,975 to the government,” Mayo said in the Aug. 2 statement. Their choice to settle outweighed the prospect of enduring an expensive and long legal battle with the DOJ, which would’ve taken time, resources, and money away from patients, education, and research, Mayo indicated.

Source: FierceHealthcare “Mayo Clinic to pay $1.26M over false billing claims

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