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June 5, 2015

Posted  January 25, 2016

Atlanta-based dental practice Dennis B. Jaffe D.M.D., P.C. and its principal Dennis Jaffe agreed to pay $324,327.05 to settle charges they violated the False Claims Act by fraudulently billing Medicaid for tooth extraction procedures and for fraudulently billing for services rendered by a dental assistant when Jaffe was not present in the office. According to the government, Jaffe fraudulently sought payment from Medicaid for higher and more expensive levels of service than were actually performed, a practice commonly referred to as “upcoding.”  The allegations first arose in a whistleblower lawsuit filed by Michelle Smith under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act.  DOJ

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