Coming to us via NBC26 we see reports of Walgreens settling a huge case of fraud in the state of Wisconsin. Even the large corporations can have what we hope are oversights in their plans so your compliance is essential to keeping your practice safe.
The U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Wisconsin says Walgreens has agreed to pay $3.5 million to settle allegations that it failed to comply with Medicaid rules designed to ensure that stimulant medications are dispensed for appropriate medical treatment.
The Wisconsin Medicaid program reimburses a pharmacy for dispensing certain stimulant medications only if it first verifies that a physician prescribed the stimulant for medically appropriate treatment, such as attention deficient disorder.
Federal and state authorities allege that from 2011 through 2014, Walgreens violated Wisconsin Medicaid rules by routinely dispensing stimulant medications to Wisconsin Medicaid beneficiaries without that verification in violation of the False Claims Act.
Authorities say this settlement falls under the same Corporate Integrity Agreement that was recently announced in relation to cases being settled in New York. In that state, Walgreens agreed to pay a collective $269.2 million in two different settlements. Walgreens was also accused in New York of improperly billing healthcare programs.
Thanks to NBC26 Green Bay on reporting on the matter. original article found here.