The University of Miami is set to pay $22 million as a settlement for claims that it ordered patients to undergo unnecessary lab tests and engaged in fraudulent billing practices.
Local10.com reports that the University agreed to the settlement as a result of a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services investigation that revealed the violations. Special Agent in Charge Omar Pérez Aybar said that his agents “are committed to investigating alleged billing scams that result in tremendous costs to federal health care programs and its beneficiaries.”
The report says that the University violated the False Claims Act when it ordered unnecessary lab tests, including tests linked with kidney transplant procedures.
U.S. Attorney Juan Antonio Gonzalez for the Southern District of Florida was quoted as saying “Medical providers who submit fraudulent claims to our taxpayer-funded health care programs not only violate the public’s trust, they compromise the very integrity of these programs.”
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