Oklahoma attorney general announces settlement with Tri-State Medical Supplies

OKLAHOMA CITY (KOKH) — Oklahoma Attorney General John O’Connor announced a settlement on Friday with Tri-State Medical Supplies, a former Oklahoma-based company.

O’Connor said the company agreed to resolve allegations that it violated the Oklahoma Medicaid False Claims Act by inflating prices and shipping charges of durable medical equipment.

O’Connor said Tri-State Medical Supplies agreed to pay $363,116 to resolve the allegations.

Tri-State Medical Supplies provided medical equipment and other services to Oklahoma Medicaid beneficiaries via a program run by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services Developmental Disabilities Services Division.

O’Connor said the settlement resolves allegations that the company submitted claims to the Oklahoma Medicaid program, also known as SoonerCare, based on inflated pricing and shipping charges.

“The Oklahoma attorney general’s office will always aggressively investigate these cases and partner with our local, state, and federal agencies to ensure those who commit Medicaid and Medicare fraud are held accountable,” said Attorney General O’Connor.

An investigation was launched by the Oklahoma Medicaid Fraud Control Unit after getting a referral from a program manager at OKDHS Developmental Disabilities Services Division.

O’Connor said the program manager became suspicious when the claims of Tri-State were compared to claims from other companies that provided similar services and equipment.

“I commend our Medicaid Fraud Control Unit for successfully investigating this case and OKDHS Developmental Disabilities Services Division for their employee’s referral,” said O’Connor.

Source: Oklahoma attorney general announces settlement with Tri-State Medical Supplies / FOX 25

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