COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – John B. Amos Cancer Center, Columbus Regional Health and Dr. Andrew Pippas has agreed to a $35 million settlement with the Department of Justice, the state of GA and several federal agencies.
The settlement resolves a pending self-disclosure that was filed in October of 2013 and two other lawsuits filed by a former employee under the federal and state False Claims Acts. These lawsuits allege violations that include coding and billing for physician services, as well as improper physician compensation arrangements.
Columbus Regional Health President and CEO Scott Hill says, "We are pleased to report that we have reached a mutually satisfactory resolution with the government, and we have settled the pending lawsuits and the preciously filed self-disclosure."
While the settlement is not an admission of liability, the parties agreed to settle in order to avoid continued costly and protracted litigation.
None of the allegations of either lawsuit involve the quality of patient care or services delivered at John B. Amos Cancer Center.
Columbus Regional Health has entered into a five-year corporate integrity agreement with the Department of Health and Human Services.
Georgia also reached a civil resolution with Dr. Andrew Pippas for $425,000 to settle accusations of improper payments involving illegal submitting of claims to Medicare and Medicaid.