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Texas Physical Therapy Clinics Reach $4.3M FCA Deal

Law360, New York (December 2, 2013, 3:50 PM EST) -- A Houston-area network of lymphatic disease clinics has settled allegations of submitting fraudulent Medicare bills for unauthorized treatments over a six-year period, paying $4.3 million to close a University of Texas professor's False Claims Act suit, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Monday.

Lymphedema & Wound Care Institute of Texas Inc. and its affiliates entered a settlement on Nov. 22 to resolve accusations that physical therapy treatments it provided to Medicare beneficiaries were performed by unqualified massage therapists.

The company, which operates eight locations in the greater Houston area, allegedly reaped over $165 million in fraudulent Medicare reimbursements dating to January...

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