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Macon hospital settles with Feds, state for $2.5M

(Dept. of Justice) (Dept. of Justice)
MACON, GA (WALB) -

The Medical Center of Central Georgia, Inc., also known as Navicent Health, ends a dispute with the federal government and the state of Georgia over ambulance charges by agreeing to pay $2,549,742.

The state and the federal government had charged Navicent with violating the False Claims Act and the Georgia False Medicaid Claims Act, by submitting bills for ambulance transports that were either inflated or medically unnecessary. 

G.F. "Pete" Peterman, III, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, and Georgia Attorney General Christopher M. Carr announced the civil settlement Thursday.

The hospital will also have reviews of its future compliance with federally funded programs.

This investigation began with a lawsuit filed by Andre Valentine, a former Navicent paramedic, under the Whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act and the Georgia False Medicaid Claims Act. 

These laws allow private citizens to bring civil actions on behalf of the government, and share in any money damages.

The settlement marks the end of a 27-month investigation into Navicent's ambulance billing practices.

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