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Addiction Recovery Physician Pays $530,000 To Resolve False Claims Act Allegations Of Billing For Psychotherapy Rendered By Unlicensed Or Unsupervised Providers And Other Improper Billings

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Addiction Recovery physician Dr. Chambless Johnston and his practice, East Tennessee Recovery, have paid $530,000 to resolve several allegations that they violated the False Claims Act. The allegations include billing for individual and group psychotherapy provided by unlicensed or unsupervised providers; upcoding Evaluation and Management office visits; and providing case management services not covered in the practice's contract or improperly rendered in a group setting.


Action Details

  • Date:September 25, 2020
  • Agency:U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Tennessee
  • Enforcement Types:
    • Criminal and Civil Actions