Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast to Pay $1.4 Million in Texas Medicare Fraud Settlement
The Texas Attorney General’s Office has announced that Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast must pay $1.4 million for fraudulently overbilling the taxpayer-funded Medicaid program.
A whistleblower lawsuit was filed against Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast which alleged improper billing practices. The State’s investigation revealed that the group improperly billed the Texas Medicaid program for products and services that were never actually rendered, not medically necessary, and not covered by the Medicaid program.
Investigators also found that PPGC falsified information in patient medical records to support the fraudulent reimbursement claims.
Under the agreement, PPGC must pay the $1.4 million settlement. The federal government is entitled to a portion of the recovery since Medicaid is jointly funded, and the whistleblower that uncovered the fraudulent conduct will also receive a share of the State’s recovery.