Pennsylvania Mental Health Facility and Owners Agree to Voluntary Exclusion
On December 31, 2019, in connection with the resolution of their False Claims Act liability, Tree of Life Behavioral Health Services, Inc., Tree of Life Professional Behavioral Health Services, Inc., Tree of Life Professional Behavioral Health Systems (collectively, "Tree of Life"), Ada Vidal, and Victor Vidal, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, agreed to be excluded under 42 U.S.C. 1320a-7(b)(7). Tree of Life agreed to be excluded for 25 years. Ada Vidal and Victor Vidal each agreed to be excluded for 20 years. The investigation revealed that Tree of Life, Ada Vidal, and Victor Vidal: (1) knowingly submitted or caused the submission of thousands of fraudulent Medicaid claims for outpatient mental health services for services never rendered or falsely inflated, services that were based on false patient progress notes and billing sheets and forged signatures of psychiatrists and therapists, and services provided by unqualified individuals; and (2) knowingly submitted or caused the submission of fraudulent outpatient mental health Medicaid claims that resulted from their payment of remuneration to a social worker for referrals of patients, including Medicaid patients. Senior Counsel Sarah Kessler represented OIG.
- Date:December 31, 2019
- CMP and Affirmative Exclusions