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Dr. James Ellner, his practice Georgia Pain Management, P.C., and the Samson Pain Center, P.C. in Woodstock have agreed to pay $625,000 to settle allegations of violating the False Claims Act. They were accused of submitting improper claims to Medicare and TRICARE for evaluation and management services and medically unnecessary urine drug screening tests. The U.S. Attorney's Office emphasized the importance of proper billing and holding healthcare providers accountable for overbilling federal healthcare programs. The allegations spanned from May 2015 to December 2019. The settlement also addressed an arrangement that violated the Anti-Kickback Statute, where a laboratory paid the salary of an individual in exchange for urine drug test referrals. A whistleblower will receive $118,000 from the settlement, and no determination of liability has been made.
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