Calif. health system, healthcare providers to pay $70.7M over false claims

California AG

A California county health system and three county healthcare service providers will pay a total of $70.7 million to settle allegations they violated the False Claims Act (FCA) regarding California’s Medicaid program, Medi-Cal.

Gold Coast Health Plan, along with service providers Dignity Health, Clinicas del Camino Real, and the Ventura County Medical Center, will return the funds to the federal government and the state of California as part of their settlements, according to a press release Thursday by the Department of Justice (DOJ).

Gold Coast will pay $17.2 million to the United States, Ventura County $29 million to the United States, Dignity $10.8 million to the United States and $1.2 million to California, and Clinicas $11.25 million to the United States and $1.25 million to California. The providers entered settlements without admitting or denying the charges.

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