Cedar Rapids Dentist To Pay $100,000 To Resolve False Claims Act Allegations
Dennis Schuller, D.D.S., a Cedar Rapids dentist, has agreed to pay $100,000 to resolve allegations that he violated the False Claims Act by improperly billing the Medicaid system for certain x-rays and exams, medically unnecessary procedures, and other medically unnecessary items.
Specifically, the government alleged that, between August 1, 2008, and June 30, 2010, Dr. Schuller improperly billed for visits performed exclusively by a hygienist as well as medically unnecessary debridements and scalings. In addition, the government claimed Dr. Schuller improperly charged the Medicaid system for certain single tooth
x-rays, medically unnecessary occlusal guards, and medically unnecessary doses of desensitizing medication. The claims settled by the agreement are allegations only; there has been no admission or judicial determination of liability.
“This settlement is an important step in furthering our district’s healthcare fraud enforcement program,” said Sean Berry, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Iowa. “Citizens are encouraged to report potential fraudulent conduct by healthcare providers to help our office ensure fair and efficient health systems throughout the district.”
The allegations resolved by the settlement arose from an investigation led by the Department of Health and Human Services. False claims act cases also arise under the qui tam, or whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act. Under those provisions, a private party may file suit on behalf of the United States for false claims and share in any recovery.