Comprehensive Health Services, Inc., a Florida-based company, recently agreed to pay the United States nearly $4 million to settle allegations under the False Claims Act that it submitted false claims to the United States by double-billing and mischarging for medical services in connection with work performed on an IRS contract.
Comprehensive Health Services, Inc. is one of the nation’s largest providers of workforce medical services. It implements and manages customized medical programs for large workforces that range from pre-placement, pre-deployment, and fitness-for-duty medical examinations to medical surveillance and health wellness programs. In this case it was awarded an IRS contract, under which it was supposed to provide medical services to IRS-Criminal Investigation special agent applicants and incumbent special agent personnel.
The settlement agreement resolves allegations that from April 2009 through April 2014, Comprehensive Health Services, Inc. knowingly double-billing the United States for vision screenings, resting electrocardiograms, and for the collection of blood specimens provided to IRS agents when those costs were already included in the bundled price for the IRS new applicant pre-placement exam. The civil settlement also settles mischarging allegations that the company charged the United States for annual full physical exams for IRS agents that were either not medically indicated or never performed.
Businesses that knowingly overcharge the government should be held accountable and penalized,” said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein. He continued:
Whistleblower lawsuits are a valuable tool to deter fraud and punish perpetrators.
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