American Sleep Medicine settles fraud allegations
WASHINGTON – American Sleep Medicine, based in Jacksonville, Fla., has agreed to pay $15.3 million to resolve allegations that it improperly billed Medicare and two other organizations for sleep diagnostic services that were not eligible for payment, according to a press release from the Department of Justice (DOJ). The government contended that American Sleep, which owns and operates 19 diagnostic sleep testing facilities in 14 states, submitted false claims to Medicare and TRICARE, a healthcare service for uniformed service members, between Jan. 1, 2004, and Dec. 31, 2011. The claims were false because the diagnostic testing services were performed by technicians who lacked required certification credentials, according to the release. As part of the settlement, American Sleep has also entered into a five-year corporate integrity agreement with the Office of the Inspector General (OIG).