Florida Doctor Settles Case Involving False Claims Allegations
Nabil Attalla Barsoum, M.D. (Barsoum), a Florida physician who performed in-office urine drug testing, agreed to enter into a $334,538.90 settlement agreement with the Office of Inspector General (OIG) for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services effective July 25, 2014. The settlement resolves allegations Barsoum submitted false or fraudulent claims to Medicare. Specifically, OIG contends Barsoum submitted claims to Medicare for low and moderate complexity urine drug tests exceeding the number of units allowed by Medicare by using an inappropriate code to bypass computer programming that would have otherwise rejected such claims. He also submitted claims for high complexity drug tests when he performed less-expensive low or moderate complexity drug tests. OIG's Office of Audit Services and Office of Counsel to the Inspector General, represented by Senior Counsels Andrea Treese Berlin and Geoff Hymans, collaborated to achieve this settlement.
- Date:July 25, 2014
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