PITTSBURGH — Several New York dental clinics along with the Bradford Dental Center, along with the Bradford Dental Center’s parent company, Upper Allegheny Health System (UAHS), have agreed to pay $2.7 million to resolve False Claims Act allegations.
Under the settlement, the United States will receive $1.3 million, paid jointly by the Upper Allegheny Health System and Bradford Regional Medical Center, the latter a part of the UAHS, a health-care system which operates dental clinics in the southern tier of New York and in McKean County, Pennsylvania.
Stephen Kaufman, acting U.S. attorney for the Western District ofo Pennsylvania, said the case was jointly investigated by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Western District of New York and his office. As part of the investigation in Pennsylvania, a Pennsylvania Department of Human Services audit discovered false claims submitted to the Pennsylvania Medicaid program between January 1, 2012, and May 31, 2015. Investigators from the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services and the United States Attorney’s Office in Buffalo, along with the New York Attorney General’s Office, determined that dental personnel at the clinics treated patients with handpieces that had not been appropriately sterilized between usages.