Iowa dental clinics pay $300,000 to settle Medicaid fraud claims

Two former employees of an Iowa dental-office chain told authorities the company was billing Medicaid for procedures that were unnecessary or weren’t being performed – leading to a $300,000 settlement of fraud allegations.

Lifepoint Dental Partners, which has five clinics, agreed to pay the money to settle a whistleblower lawsuit filed in April by the former employees and federal prosecutors, according to court records released Wednesday.

The lawsuit’s allegations were raised by the company’s former chief financial officer, Todd Willson, and a former financial coordinator, Peggy Lemley. They are to receive $45,000 of the settlement. The federal and state governments, which finance Medicaid, will get the rest.

Source: Dental clinics pay $300,000 to settle Medicaid fraud claims DES MOINES REGISTER

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