Scripps Health to Pay $1.5 Million to Settle False Claims Act for Services Rendered by Physical Therapists Who Did Not Have Billing Privileges or Were Not Supervised by Authorized Provider

One issue I see happen with medical groups or providers is when physicians or other health care providers are not properly added to the group before they provide services to patients. Often this occurs when the administrators do not ensure it is done and then when it goes to billing, the biller can't use the NPI number of the rendering provider and so they use the NPI of a different provider. This can be a false claim when done this way. There are also complexities when a decision is made to bill the service as "incident to" a physician services but the rules here are complex and if not followed correctly that can also be viewed as a "false claim." A recent case show that this can happen at hospitals or large providers as well.On or about January 19, 2018, Scripps Health (Scripps), a health care system based in San Diego, California, agreed to pay $1.5 million to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by charging federal health…

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