Feds Join FCA Suit Targeting UnitedHealth Billing

Law360, New York (February 17, 2017, 5:37 PM EST) -- The federal government intervened Wednesday in a whistleblower's False Claims Act suit that accuses UnitedHealth Group Inc. and 12 other health plans of pretending their members were sicker than they were in an effort to overcharge Medicare by hundreds of millions of dollars.

Although there are more than a dozen defendants, the U.S. Department of Justice only intervened regarding UnitedHealth and WellMed Medical Management Inc., which UnitedHealth acquired in 2011. The government declined to intervene insofar as the suit involves the other defendants, including Aetna Inc., two Blue Cross Blue Shield plans and Humana Inc.

Relator Benjamin Poehling, the director of...

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