Kaiser to pay $3.75 million in false billing case

AP News
Posted: Dec 04, 2009 10:48 PM

Four Kaiser health care companies have agreed to pay $3.75 million to settle allegations they improperly billed for teaching physicians' services.

Federal prosecutors said from 1996 through 2002 Kaiser falsely billed Medicare and Medicaid for services the companies said had been provided by teaching physicians.

The government alleges the services were actually provided by resident physicians without a teaching physician's supervision.

Kaiser voluntarily disclosed the misconduct to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office. The settlement was announced Thursday.

The Kaiser companies involved are Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc., The Permanente Medical Group and Southern California Permanente Medical Group.