St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center agreed to pay $3.2 million to resolve allegations it violated the federal False Claims Act and New York False Claims Act by billing the state Medicaid program for mental health services provided by unqualified staff. Specifically, the government alleged that St. Joseph’s billed Medicaid for mobile-crisis outreach services that failed to comply with Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP) staffing requirements. The allegations originated in a whistleblower lawsuit filed by registered nurse Catherine Lembo under the qui tam provisions of the federal and New York False Claims Acts. Ms. Lembo will receive a whistleblower award of $560,000 from the proceeds of the government’s recovery. Whistleblower Insider
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