SYRACUSE N.Y. — The Office of New York State Attorney General (OAG) Letitia James in collaboration with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, announced Monday that they reached a settlement with Ahmad M. Mehdi and his medical practice in Central New York.
Dr. Mehdi is the principal owner of Ahmad M. Mehdi, M.D., P.C., a general medical practice with offices located in Groton and Tully.
The settlement resolves an investigation that involved Medicaid overpayments for “up-coded” medical services, as well as Medicaid payments for smoking cessation counseling that were not sufficiently documented, according to the OAG.
“Up-coding” is the improper practice of claiming reimbursement for enhanced and more lucrative procedures than were performed.
As part of the settlement, Mehdi has agreed to reimburse $260,000 to the state Medicaid program and pay a penalty of $308,750.