Laurel-Based Physicians Group and Neurologist Agree to Pay Almost One Million Dollars to Resolve False Claims Act Allegations

Jefferson Medical Associates, a now dissolved, multi-specialty medical practice group in Laurel, and Dr. Aremmia Tanious, have agreed to pay the United States $817,635.06 to resolve claims under the False Claims Act arising from Medicare overpayments to Jefferson Medical Associates and Dr. Tanious, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst. This settlement resolves allegations that from January 1, 2012, through December 31, 2014, Jefferson Medical Associates and Dr. Tanious violated the False Claims Act by failing to return overpayments they received from Medicare on claims. In addition, from February 1, 2013, through June 30, 2017, it was alleged that Jefferson Medical Associates and Dr. Tanious billed Medicare using multiple medical codes when the medical documentation did not support the use of such billing practices.

During the course of the government’s investigation, Jefferson Medical Associates and Dr. Tanious provided assistance through voluntary disclosures to the U.S. Attorney’s Office after they discovered through audits of patient files and claims data that Medicare had been overbilled for certain services.

The claims resolved by this settlement are allegations only, and there has been no determination of civil liability.

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