A Cobb County medical group has agreed in federal court to pay $1.2 million for re-using sinus catheters and making false claims to Medicare.
Northwest ENT Associates, based in Marietta, allegedly violated the False Claims Act, federal prosecutors said Friday.
It has offices in Marietta, Atlanta, Woodstock, Cartersville and Canton, according to its website. The "ear, nose and throat" group has one specialty surgery center and provides services at four hospitals in Georgia.
The company filed claims to Medicare, the armed forces healthcare program and the Federal Employee Health Benefit Plans.
“When healthcare providers take shortcuts in order to increase their financial bottom line, their patients are put at risk and federal funds are diverted from legitimate medical procedures,” U. S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak said in a news release.
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