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Planned Parenthood guilty of fraud
HOUSTON -- Following the conclusion of the Texas Attorney General’s Office Medicaid fraud investigation into Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast Inc., the agency must pay $1.4 million for fraudulently overbilling the taxpayer-funded Medicaid program.
After a whistleblower lawsuit was filed alleging improper billing practices by Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, an investigation was opened by the Texas Attorney General’s Office and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission’s Office of Inspector General. This revealed that Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast improperly billed the Texas Medicaid program for products and services that were never actually rendered, not medically necessary, and were not covered by the Medicaid program -- and were therefore not eligible for reimbursement. Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast falsified material information in patients’ medical records in order to support fraudulent reimbursement claims to the Medicaid program.
Under the Texas Medicaid Fraud Prevention Act, the relator-whistleblower that uncovered the defendant’s fraudulent conduct will also receive a share of the state’s recovery.
For more, visit www.texasattorneygeneral.gov.
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