Connecticut physician to pay $4.2M to settle fraud allegations

A Connecticut physician and the medical practice he owns have agreed to pay more than $4.2 million to settle allegations he submitted false claims to Medicare and the state's Medicaid program for medically unnecessary services. 

Dr. Jasdeep Sidana specializes in pulmonology and owns a practice with more than 20 facilities throughout Connecticut, according to a Dec. 15 Justice Department news release. The department alleges Dr. Sidana submitted claims for immunotherapy services that were not medically necessary and were not directly supervised by a physician.

He also allegedly submitted claims for medical services on dates when he was traveling and did not perform or supervise, according to the release. Instead, the services were performed by lower-level providers who typically receive lower reimbursement rates. 

The Justice Department also alleged that he billed the government payers for unnecessary annual retesting of allergy patients.

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