Pain Clinic and Ambulatory Surgery Center Agree to Pay $836K to Resolve Allegations of Overbilling

US Attorney’s Office – Western District of Texas, Dec. 21, 2021

WACO – U.S. Attorney Ashley C. Hoff of the Western District of Texas announced today that Integrated Pain Associates, PLLC (“IPA”), a pain clinic headquartered in Killeen, and Central Texas Day Surgery Center, LLC (“CTDSC”), an affiliated ambulatory surgery center, have agreed to pay the United States and the State of Texas $836,702.88 to resolve allegations they violated the False Claims Act by overbilling federal healthcare programs.

The United States’ allegations arise from IPA and CTDSC’s submission of claims to Medicare, Medicaid, and TRICARE for facet joint injections, transforaminal injections, and radiofrequency ablation procedures. The United States contends that the defendants billed for more units or levels of these procedures than they performed. For example, the United States alleges that even when a patient received only a single injection, IPA and CTDSC would sometimes bill the government as though the patient had received two or three injections, thereby increasing the amount paid for the procedure.

“We will not allow health care providers to enrich themselves at taxpayer expense,” said U.S. Attorney Hoff. “We are grateful to our partners at the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, the Defense Criminal Investigative Service, and the Civil Medicaid Fraud Division of the Office of the Attorney General of Texas for their assistance in obtaining this significant recovery.”

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