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Lincolnville Medical Practice Settles Federal Health Care Billing Complaint

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Maine

Contact: John G. Osborn
Assistant United States Attorney
Tel: (207) 780-3257

Portland, Maine: United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II today announced that Maine Dermatology, LLC, a dermatology practice with an office in Lincolnville, Maine, has agreed to pay $629,816 to settle claims involving false billings to the Medicare federal health care program.  Medicare provides health insurance primarily to disabled and elderly Americans.
The United States filed a civil complaint on October 26, 2015, alleging that Maine Dermatology violated the federal False Claims Act between June 2010 and August 2013 by billing Medicare for providing evaluation and management services to patients in violation of applicable Medicare billing guidelines.  The complaint alleged that Maine Dermatology submitted $314, 908 in false claims to Medicare.  The complaint sought damages equaling double the full amount of the false claims.  Maine Dermatology cooperated in the investigation.
The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Inspector General, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office, led by Health Care Fraud Investigator Richard Fairfield.

Updated February 4, 2016