Connecticut physician to pay $2.6M to settle fraud allegations

A Connecticut physician has agreed to pay more than $2.6 million to settle allegations he improperly billed Medicare, Medicaid and state of Connecticut comptroller healthcare programs. 

Kevin Greene, MD, owner of Southington-based Feel Well Health Center, is accused of submitting false claims for payment for medical visits that were instead fitness-related services with "no legitimate medical component," according to a Nov. 10 Justice Department news release. These services were conducted at a gym Feel Well operated that was staffed by a medically unlicensed coach and yoga instructor. Dr. Greene allegedly created false medical records for gym visits and attached false diagnoses to the claims. 

Dr. Greene is also accused of submitting false claims when he was not present in the office, including while out of the country or on vacation, according to the release. He also allegedly submitted false claims for medically unnecessary testing or procedures for neurofeedback, ultrasounds and autonomic function testing.   

He is also accused of violating the Anti-Kickback Statute by receiving payment from Boston Heart Diagnostics Corp. in return for ordering clinical laboratory services for Medicare patients from the laboratory. Payments were made in the form of "processing and handling" fees and speaker fees that were for rates greater than fair market value, according to the release. 

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