United States Reaches $125,000 Civil Settlement
With Foot Healers for False Medicare Podiatry Claims
St. Louis, Missouri: The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Missouri announced today that the United States, Foot Healers Holdings – St. Louis and its subsidiaries (Foot Healers) reached a civil settlement that will resolve the United States' claims against Foot Healers under the False Claims Act for knowingly submitting false claims to Medicare for podiatry services. According to the United States’ allegations, from March 1, 2010 through July 31, 2016, Foot Healers submitted false claims to Medicare by using improper modifiers that caused Medicare to pay for improper claims and by submitting claims for payment which falsely indicated a medically necessary toenail debridement was provided when the service actually provided was a routine nail trimming not covered by Medicare. As part of the civil settlement, Foot Healers will repay the United States $125,000.
Foot Healers has also entered into a three-year Integrity Agreement with the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG). Pursuant to the terms of the Integrity Agreement, Foot Healers must comply with a number of obligations to ensure that it remains compliant with Federal health care program requirements.
This civil settlement is part of ongoing efforts by the Department of Justice and the United States Department of Health and Human Services to recover funds diverted from Medicare and is the result of the combined work of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Missouri and HHS-OIG Office of Investigations.