July 10, 2013

Maine nonprofit to pay nearly $100K for improper billing

From staff reports

Bridges of Maine, a private, nonprofit organization that provides services to children and adults with mental disabilities and autism, agreed on Wednesday to pay $99,100 to settle claims that it improperly billed MaineCare for services provided by an excluded service provider.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Portland had filed a complaint against Bridges of Maine, alleging that the organization violated the federal False Claims Act between June 12, 2007, and July 17, 2008, when it billed MaineCare for services provided by a former licensed social worker who had already been excluded from participating in federal health care programs. The civil suit sought damages in the amount of the false claims, as well as penalties.

Bridges of Maine has offices in Gray and South Berwick, according to its website.

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