Cumberland County man to pay $900,000 for bogus health insurance claims

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — A Cumberland County man who controlled a group of local pain clinics has agreed to pay $900,000 for alleged violations of the False Claims Act.

According to the United States Attorney’s Office, between 2017 and 2019, Rodney Yentzer “caused the submission of false Medicare claims” for unnecessary or not medically reasonable urine drug tests.

Additionally, Yentzer agreed to be barred from all federal health care programs for 22 years.
years. Yentzer’s exclusion means that no federal health care program payments can be made,
directly or indirectly, for any item or service provided by Yentzer or to the direction or
on Yentzer’s prescription.

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“Civil enforcement is an important tool to recover funds when suppliers cause
claims to the Medicare program,” said Maureen Dixon, Special Agent in Charge for the United States
Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General. “The HHS-OIG will
continue to work with the United States Attorney’s Office to ensure the integrity of the Medicare Trust
Funds.”

In March 2022, in a related case, Yentzer pleaded guilty to health care fraud, money laundering, and theft of public funds for defrauding Medicare, Medicaid, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. between 2016 and 2020. Yentzer is awaiting sentencing in this case.

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