Oklahoma Medical Clinics Agree to Pay $315,000 to Settle Allegations of False Claims for Medical Services Provided to Federal Employees
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Mark A. Yancey, United States Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma, announces that REHABILITATION MEDICINE OF OKLAHOMA, PLLC and BCOT, PLLC dba REHABILITATION MEDICINE OF OKLAHOMA – TULSA have paid $315,000 to settle civil claims stemming from allegations that the clinics violated the False Claims Act by submitting false claims to the Office of Workers Compensation Programs of the United States Department of Labor ("DOL-OWCP").
Rehabilitation Medicine of Oklahoma, PLLC and BCOT, PLLC dba Rehabilitation Medicine of Oklahoma – Tulsa ("RMO") are Oklahoma professional limited liability companies that operate medical clinics in Oklahoma City and Tulsa. RMO provided medical services to federal employees under the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA). FECA provides compensation benefits to civilian employees of the United States for disability due to personal injury sustained while in the performance of duty, and for employment-related disease. Benefits include rehabilitation, medical, surgical and necessary expenses. Claims for services provided under FECA are submitted to DOL-OWCP.
The United States contends that from December 8, 2010, through December 31, 2012, RMO submitted false claims for payment to DOL-OWCP. Specifically, it is alleged that RMO submitted claims to DOL-OWCP for medical services furnished to federal employees of nine federal agencies that were false because they were either (1) billed at a higher rate than allowed or (2) not performed at all.
In order to resolve the allegations brought by the United States, RMO has paid $315,000.
In reaching this settlement, RMO did not admit liability and the government did not make any concessions regarding the legitimacy of the claims. The agreement allows the parties to avoid the delay, expense, inconvenience, and uncertainty involved in litigating the case.
This case was investigated by the United States Postal Service, Office of Inspector General. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ronald R. Gallegos.