Charleston area medical center paying feds $1 million to settle health care fraud claims



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CHARLESTON, South Carolina — The owners of an urgent care network in the Lowcountry must pay the federal government more than $1 million to settle fraud allegations.

Local media outlets report U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles said Nason Medical Center submitted claims to Medicare, Medicaid and TRICARE for services provided by physicians, even though treatment was performed by physician assistants.

The government says the company also billed the government for tests that were not medically necessary, including potentially harmful CT scans. It also filed claims for services provided by a radiology technician who did not hold a current South Carolina license.

Nason Medical Center opened in Mount Pleasant in 2005 and expanded throughout the Lowcountry. In a statement, a company official conceded that billing errors had been made but said Nason admits no intentional wrongdoing.

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