Doctors Hospital of Augusta, LLC, which is owned and operated by the for-profit hospital chain, HCA Inc., and Radiation Oncology Associates, LLP, of Augusta, have agreed to pay $1,020,000 to settle allegations they submitted or caused the submission of false claims to the Medicare and TRICARE programs for certain radiation oncology procedures that were allegedly performed without the requisite level of physician supervision, the U.S. Justice Department announced this afternoon.
According to a news release, the civil settlement resolves allegations that were originally part of a federal lawsuit unsealed July 3.
The lawsuit was filed under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act.
“We believe Doctors Hospital of Augusta followed all appropriate radiation oncology supervisory protocols and procedures existing at the time in question and worked diligently to provide the government information related to this situation” said Lindsay Thetford, the digital media and communciations manager at Doctors Hospital. “Now that a settlement of the government claims has been reached, we look forward to continuing to provide the quality cancer care for which we’re known.”
The case was investigated by Special Agent Ryan S. Coble, Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Investigations; Special Agent Randy J. Temples, Department of Defense, Defense Criminal Investigative Services; and Investigator Kimberly Reinken of the United States Attorney’s Office, Southern District of Georgia. The United States was represented by Assistant United States Attorney Scott R. Grubman.