Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody has reached an agreement with a radiology practice in Jacksonville following an investigation into allegations of health care fraud.
Following a joint investigation by Moody’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida, the medical practice Mori, Bean and Brooks, P.A. was found to be knowingly submitting false claims to the Medicaid program for the interpretation of radiological images that were ineligible for reimbursement.
The practice agreed to pay the state of Florida $161,694 to resolve the allegations as part of the $1.49 million settlement.
“Upholding the integrity of the Medicaid program is imperative,” Moody said in a news release. “I am proud of the work conducted by our MFCU and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in uncovering this scheme. My office will continue to pursue those who deliberately defraud the Medicaid program.”
The investigation found that from April 27, 2012, through Feb. 5, 2019, MBB billed Medicaid for the interpretation of radiological images outsourced overseas. According to the settlement report, the practice sent images to radiologists in Madrid, Spain; Mumbai, India; and Sydney, Australia to interpret the images during night hours for emergency room visits to Jacksonville hospitals.