Upper Allegheny Health System, on Behalf of Bradford (Pennsylvania) Regional Medical Centers and Other New York Dental Clinics, to Pay $2.7 Million to Settle False Claims Act Allegations
PITTSBURGH (STL.News) Acting U.S. Attorney Stephen R. Kaufman announced today that several New York Dental Clinics along with Bradford Dental Center (BDC) have agreed with its parent company, Upper Allegheny Health System (UAHS), to pay $2.7 million to resolve False Claims Act allegations. Under the settlement, the United States will receive approximately $1.3 million, paid jointly by UAHS and Bradford Regional Medical Center, the latter a part of the UAHS, a health-care system which operates dental clinics in the Southern Tier of New York and in McKean County, Pennsylvania.
Acting U.S. Attorney Kaufman stated that UAHS matter was jointly investigated by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Western District of New York and his office. As part of the investigation in Pennsylvania, a Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) audit discovered false claims submitted to the Pennsylvania Medicaid program between January 1, 2012 and May 31, 2015. Investigators from DHS and the Buffalo (New York) United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of New York, along with the State Attorney General’s Office of New York, determined that dental personnel at the clinics treated patients with handpieces that had not been appropriately sterilized between usages.