Hastings hospital will pay $677K in Medicaid, Medicare fraud settlement
A Hastings hospital will pay more than $600,000 in a settlement after a doctor made false claims to Medicaid and Medicare over a six-year span.
According to Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson, the false claims were for services provided by one of Mary Lanning’s Healthcare contract employees, Daniel Mazour, MD, who provided services to Mary Lanning’s patients at its Blue Hill Clinic. Mary Lanning billed Medicaid and Medicare for Mazour’s services. The hospital later discovered that Mazour billed for medically unnecessary services. The false claims were made from January 2010 until April 2016. After making the discovery, Mary Lanning self-disclosed the false claims to Medicaid and Medicare, which were then settled under the federal government’s Civil Monetary Penalty Law and the Nebraska False Medicaid Claims Act.
In the settlement with State of Nebraska and the US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General, Mary Lanning Healthcare will pay the state and federal governments $677,239.56, which includes restitution of $451,493.07 and additional damages of $225,746.49. The state will receive $161,990.62 under the settlement.