Michigan anesthesia practice pays $600K+ to resolve fraud allegations — 4 insights

Traverse City, Mich.-based Traverse Anesthesia Associates agreed to pay the government $607,966 to settle fraud allegations, the Traverse City Record-Eagle reports.

What you should know:

1. Traverse was accused of fraud by two former employees who filed a whistleblower complaint. They'll receive a cut of the money for their efforts.

2. The complaint alleged TAA instructed employees to alter time charts to increase billable hours, and that TAA physicians annotated and back-signed records to falsely indicate compliance with mandatory billing requirements.

3. TAA is making the payments through an "economic settlement." A lawyer for TAA said the settlement was cheaper than fighting the suit to prove its innocence.

4. The payment will close the case. There will be no determination of guilt.

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