Lewiston health care provider pays settlement to feds

LEWISTON — A nonprofit group that offers services to adults with developmental disabilities and mental health challenges, with offices here and in Saco, agreed to pay $74,720 to settle claims over improper billing to Medicare and MaineCare, U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II said Tuesday.

A federal agency started investigating in 2007 the hiring of a program manager by Support Solutions. That manager had previously been excluded from participation in all federal health care programs.

After learning about the manager's exclusion, Support Solutions fired that worker.

After a joint investigation by the U.S. Attorney's Office, the Maine Attorney General's Office and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the federal government and Maine government filed a complaint accusing Support Solutions of violating the federal False Claims Act from May 2006 through May 2007 by improperly billing Medicare and MaineCare for services through the excluded program manager.

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JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

It is the those in dire need that suffer

It is shameful that individuals such as the manager or any management low life dishonors those that strive on assisting, serving and caring for those elderly or handicapped. All it takes in one bad person to be a spoiler for those in need of such services and taints the providers in getting a bad rap.

I know my wife and others like her work hard and care for and about those that need these important services to have a life with some kind of security in their handicaps or huge disabilities. Technology to assist them with dedicated persons that help those that need it desire support in helping others to have a good life.

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