Allegedly Lax Sanitary Practices Land Dental Clinics in $2.7 Million False Claims Settlement

  • New York AG Letitia James and the federal Department of Justice acting on behalf of the Department of Health and Human Services reached a settlement agreement with Upper Allegheny Health System (“UAHS”), the operator of several dental clinics, to resolve allegations that it billed Medicaid for services it did not perform in violation of the federal and New York False Claims Acts.
  • According to the AG’s office, UAHS allegedly failed to sterilize dental handpieces between patients but nonetheless billed Medicaid for the sterilization services.
  • Under the terms of the settlement agreement, UAHS will pay $2.7 million to the United States, New York, and Pennsylvania, of which $2.4 million will be used to resolve the claims of New York’s Medicaid program.