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New York To Pay $70 M for Medicare False Claims– 11/01/11

New York City has agreed on a $70 million settlement with the Department of Justice for overbilling Medicaid’s Personal-Care Services Program. The program provides basic essentials for selected Medicaid patients, such as cleaning, shopping, and medical aid. The settlement acknowledges that for almost a decade, the city’s personal-care services allowed people to receive the 24-hour personal care program without proper assessments from medical personnel. Although individuals like U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara believe that the settlement is fair, especially after how much was defrauded, others like NY City Corporation Counsel Michael Cardozo state, “[t]he City remains deeply concerned about the use of the False Claims Act to resolve funding disputes among governmental entities.”
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