Comprehensive Health Services pays $3.8M for allegedly double billing IRS

Cape Canaveral, Fla.-based workforce medical services provider Comprehensive Health Services agreed to pay the federal government $3.8 million to resolve False Claims Act allegations, according to the Department of Justice.

The government said Comprehensive Health Services allegedly submitted false claims to U.S. programs by double-billing and mischarging for medical services in connection with work performed on an Internal Revenue Service contract.

Comprehensive Health Services in 2009 was awarded an IRS contract, under which the health service contractor was required to provide medical services to IRS special agent applicants and incumbent special agent personnel, according to the DOJ.

The settlement agreement resolves allegations that from April 2009 through April 2014, Comprehensive Health Services knowingly double-charged the United States for vision screenings, resting electrocardiograms and for the collection of blood specimens for IRS agents when those costs were already included in the bundled price, the DOJ said. The civil settlement also disposes of the allegation that the contractor billed the U.S. for annual physicals for IRS agents even though they were never actually performed.

 

The lawsuit was filed by James J. Kerr, Jr. under the whistleblower provision of the False Claims Act.

 

 

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