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August 1, 2016

Posted  August 1, 2016

New York and the Justice Department announced that St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center (St. Joseph’s) will pay $3.2 million to resolve allegations that it violated the federal and New York False Claims Act by presenting false claims for payment to the state Medicaid program for mental health services rendered by unqualified staff. settlements resolve allegations that St. Joseph’s knowingly presented false claims for payment to Medicaid for mobile-crisis outreach services rendered from January 1, 2007 through February 29, 2016 by personnel who failed to satisfy the basic CPEP staffing requirements. By submitting claims for payment to Medicaid without disclosing that its CPEP staff failed to meet the regulatory staffing requirements, and by accepting payment for these claims, the governments allege that St. Joseph’s misrepresented its compliance with mental health staffing requirements that are central to the provision of counseling services and, by doing so, violated the False Claims Act. As part of the settlements, St. Joseph’s admits that it was improper to have conducted mobile crisis outreach visits without a member of its CPEP professional staff present and then bill Medicaid for such services. NY

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