Medical Staffing Cos. Accused Of Major Medicare Overbilling

By Daniel Wilson (August 21, 2013, 4:48 PM EDT) -- TeamHealth Inc. and several other medical staffing companies have routinely falsely "upcoded" their services with the aid of medical billing companies for more than a decade, resulting in significant overbilling of Medicare and Medicaid, according to a whistleblower False Claims Act suit unsealed Tuesday in California federal court.

According to relator Charles Phillips, he had observed routine upcoding by several medical staffing and management companies — two units of Team, Valley Emergency Physicians Medical Group Inc. and Sierra Rural Physicians Inc. — while working as a contract doctor for each for various periods between 1999 and 2008.

"The defendants deliberately coded...

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