False Claims Act Attorney News: Union Treatment Center Settles for $3 Million

On Wednesday, June 7th, 2017, the Department of Justice announced that Texas-based Union Treatment Center (UTC) will settle allegations of civil health care fraud for $3 million, and will be permanently excluded from federal health care programs. The allegations, brought under the qui tam provision of the False Claims Act, state that UTC improperly billed the Department of Labor’s Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs for workplace injuries. As a company that marketed itself as a specialist in treating workplace injuries, UTC reportedly sought to maximize payments from the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA) program by billing for services that never took place, overcharging for medical examinations, falsifying the time patients spent in therapy, and charging for unnecessary services and supplies. UTC was also accused of a comprehensive kickback scheme in exchange for patient referrals. The settlement partially resolves the False Claims Act lawsuit, and the qui tam relator’s compensation remains to be announced.

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