Amerihealth and its owners agree to pay $2 million in health care fraud

AmeriHealth and its owners, Ryan and Alban Hatch, have agreed to a $2 million judgment against them to resolve health care fraud allegations brought by the U.S. Department of Justice.

The business has offices throughout eastern Idaho, including in Idaho Falls, Pocatello and Rexburg.

The complaint against the clinic came about due to violations of the False Claims Act and said the defendants knowingly filed false claims to federal health care programs. Of the five claims against the defendants, the judgment was for the first claim of submitting false claims for medical treatment to Medicare, Medicaid and Tricare.

The defendants also resolved without admitting, additional allegations that they violated the Controlled Substance Act and the Anti-Kickback Statute and fraudulently obtained Paycheck Protection Program loans, a United States Attorney District of Idaho news release said.

The complaint alleged the defendants hired inexperienced or compromised medical practitioners, which allowed them to compensate the employees at a “reduced cost” and those compromised workers “were less compliant with respect to rules regarding billing insurance companies, including Medicare and Medicaid, for unnecessary and/or worthless services.”

Source: Amerihealth and its owners agree to pay $2 million in health care fraud / Post Register

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