CityMD, a popular chain of 88 urgent care centers mostly in the New York metropolitan area, has agreed to pay $6.6 million for submitting false claims to Medicare, according to the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s Office.
The payment settles a civil fraud lawsuit brought by a whistleblower and the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s Office.
CityMD is accused of improperly billing Medicare at a significant cost to taxpayers.
The settlement is a way to hold CityMD accountable both through the significant monetary payment and the detailed admissions made by CityMD.
As part of the settlement, CityMD apparently admitted it tricked Medicare by billing the federal program for lengthier and more complex procedures than its doctors actually performed.
The urgent care centers also confessed to billing Medicare for services performed by physicians not credentialed with the federal program.
The Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s Office joined a whistleblower’s False Claims Act lawsuit that had been filed under seal until the settlement was reached.
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