SOUTHFIELD, Michigan. – A Michigan health care provider has agreed to pay the federal government $ 2.8 million to address claims a doctor performed unnecessary hysterectomies and other services, officials said Thursday.
The agreement settles false billing claims made by Ascension Michigan against Medicare, Medicaid and another federal insurance program, the US Department of Justice said.
The doctor’s name was not disclosed. Over a period of six years, the government maintains that radical hysterectomies were performed on women when a simple hysterectomy was necessary and that chemotherapy was not necessary either. A hysterectomy is the removal of the uterus.
Ascension Michigan knew there were problems after asking another doctor to review the records, the government said.
“We will vigorously prosecute those who do not knowingly reimburse the sums they have received on the basis of services which were not medically necessary or which are not rendered as billed,” said Saima Mohsin, the acting US lawyer. in Detroit.
An email requesting comment was sent to St. Louis-based Ascension, which operates in 19 states.
Three people who denounced Ascension Michigan will split $ 532,000, the government said.
Ascension Michigan has hospitals in Southeast Michigan.