Sutter Health LLC, a Medicare Advantage Provider, Pays $30 Million To Settle Alleged Overpayment Based on Beneficiaries' Health Status Risk Scores

It is not just fee-for-service providers that have audits and civil qui tam cases. Managed healthcare is facing review as well. Even providers who are paid capitation fees should be mindful of the codes submitted to managed care. A recent case illustrates why. On April 12, 2019, Sutter Health LLC, a California-based healthcare services provider, and affiliated entities (Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, Sutter Gould Medical Foundation, and Sutter Medical Foundation) agreed to pay $30 million to resolve allegations that these affiliated entities submitted inaccurate information about the health status of beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare Advantage Plans known as "risk scores," which allegedly resulted in the plans and providers being overpaid. Sutter Health is headquartered in Sacramento, California.     Under Medicare Advantage, also known as the Medicare Part C program, Medicare beneficiaries have the…

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