Thursday, October 17, 2013

Former RI doctor agrees to pay $1.2 million for improper Medicare, Medicaid billings

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Dr. Hafeez Kahn, a former Rhode Island doctor with offices in Smithfield and East Providence, has agreed to pay the government $1.2 million to make up for false billings to Medicare and Medicaid, federal and state authorities announced Thursday.
The sum is twice what he obtained illegally, according to U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha and other federal and state officials. In an agreement to settle civil litigation against him, Kahn did not admit liability but he agreed to pay twice the amount in question that he obtained.
Between August 2006 and December 2010, Kahn acknowledged that he and two corporations that he owned, U.S. Care Inc. and U.S. Care Pain Clinic LLC, overbilled the health insurance programs for services provided to some patients and falsely submitted claims for services never performed, officials said.
According to the agreement, Kahn must pay $500,000 initially and make annual payments of $175,000 plus interest for the next five years beginning on or before Sept. 1, 2014.
The case was investigated by the U.S. Attorney's Office, the Rhode Island Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Inspector General's Office of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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