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Georgia Physician Settles False and Fraudulent Medicare Claims Case

Dennis Conrad Harper, M.D. (Harper), a Georgia physician who overbilled for in-office urine drug testing, agreed to enter into a $305,168.54 settlement agreement with the Office of Inspector General (OIG) for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services effective January 20, 2015. The settlement resolves allegations Harper submitted false or fraudulent claims to Medicare. Specifically, OIG contends Harper 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. OIG also contends that he 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.

Action Details

  • Date:January 20, 2015
  • Enforcement Types:
    • CMP and Affirmative Exclusions