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March 8, 2016

Posted  March 8, 2016

A Connecticut psychiatrist will pay $404,798 to settle a civil False Claims Act lawsuit alleging that she submitted false claims for payments to Connecticut’s Medicaid program. The state alleged that, from March 2010 to September 2013, while operating a private practice in Mansfield, Dr. Panoor submitted upcoded claims indicating that she provided Medicaid patients with both group counseling and either individual psychotherapy or a detailed examination on the same dates of service when, in fact, she did not provide psychotherapy or detailed examination sessions but instead provided medication management services or a brief meeting with the patient for the purpose of monitoring or changing a patient’s drug prescription – services that are coded, and thus reimbursed, at lower payment rates.

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