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Overcharging Beneficiaries

In each CMP case resolved through a settlement agreement, the settling party has contested the OIG's allegations and denied any liability. No CMP judgment or finding of liability has been made against the settling party.


Heritage Medical Partners, LLC, Thomas Lenns, M.D., Paul Long, M.D., Michael Mayes, M.D., and William Petty II, M.D. (collectively Heritage), South Carolina, agreed to pay $170,260 for allegedly violating the Civil Monetary Penalties Law. The OIG alleged that Heritage knowingly presented or caused to be presented to Medicare beneficiaries requests for payment that were in violation of an assignment agreement.


Lee R. Rocamora, M.D., North Carolina, agreed to pay $106,600 to resolve his liability for allegedly violating the Civil Monetary Penalties Law. The OIG alleged that the practitioner requested payments from Medicare beneficiaries in violation of his assignment agreement. Specifically, the practitioner allegedly asked his patients to enter into a membership agreement for his patient care program, under which the patients paid an annual fee. In exchange for the fee, the membership agreement specified that the practitioner would provide members with: (1) an annual comprehensive physical examination; (2) same day or next day appointments; (3) support personnel dedicated exclusively to members; (4) 24 hours a day and 7 days a week physician availability; (5) prescription facilitation; (6) coordination of referrals and expedited referrals, if medically necessary; and (7) other service amenities as determined by the practitioner.


A physician from Minneapolis, Minnesota, agreed to pay $53,400 to resolve his liability under the CMP provision applicable to violations of a provider's assignment agreement. By accepting assignment for all covered services, a participating provider agrees that he or she will not collect from a Medicare beneficiary more than the applicable deductible and coinsurance for covered services. The OIG alleged that the physician created a program whereby the physician's patients were asked to sign a yearly contract and pay a yearly fee for services that the physician characterized as "not covered" by Medicare. The OIG further alleged that because at least some of the services described in the contract were actually covered and reimbursable by Medicare, each contract presented to the Medicare patients constituted a request for payment other than the coinsurance and applicable deductible for covered services in violation of the terms of the physician's assignment agreement. In addition to payment of the settlement amount, the physician agreed not to request similar payments from beneficiaries in the future.


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