Psychiatry Practice, Owner Settle Allegations


High Psychiatry LLC and its owner, Michael K. Chism II, have agreed to pay $1.9 million to resolve allegations that they violated the False Claims Act by knowingly double billing time in order to unlawfully obtain increased payments from Medicare and Medicaid. The United States alleged that they submitted inflated bills to Medicare and Medicaid, seeking payment both for evaluation and management services and for psychotherapy services provided during the same patient visit. These services must be separately identifiable, and time spent providing one service cannot be double counted in billing for time spent providing the other service. Read a Department of Justice press release.

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