Cornerstone Healthcare Group to pay $21.6M over false claims

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Cornerstone Healthcare Group will pay more than $21.6 million to settle allegations it filed false claims to Medicare by inflating the cost of services, billing for unauthorized services, and other violations initially brought forward by a whistleblower.

Cornerstone, which was acquired by ScionHealth in January, filed false claims to Medicare between January 2012 and December 2018, the Department of Justice (DOJ) stated in a press release Wednesday.

The allegations were first made by a former Cornerstone employee who filed a qui tam lawsuit in September 2018. The employee claimed unlicensed students were delivering medical care and then billing under the names of physicians.

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