UConn Health Center Pays $184k to the Federal Government to Settle Overbilling Allegations

Farmington, CT – The Federal Bureau of Investigation today announced that the UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT HEALTH CENTER (“UConn Health”) has entered into a civil settlement agreement with the federal government in which it will pay $184,984 to resolve allegations that it overbilled the Medicare Program.

  • The government alleges that UConn Health improperly submitted claims to Medicare for certain wound closure procedures.
  • UConn Health submitted claims using codes for higher paying wound closure procedures, rather than using codes for the procedures that were actually performed.
  • UConn Health received payments from Medicare that it was not entitled to receive.
  • UConn Health agreed to pay $184,984 to resolve its liability for conduct that occurred from January 1, 2011, to June 2, 2016.

“Providers who bill Medicare must follow the relevant coding rules when submitting claims and the failure to do so will have serious consequences,” said U.S. Attorney Daly.  “The U.S. Attorney’s office will vigorously pursue health care providers who receive payments from Medicare that they are not entitled to receive.”

  • The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard M. Molot and Auditor Susan Spiegel