A sleep medicine and durable medical equipment company, Areté Sleep LLC, Areté Sleep Therapy LLC, and Areté Holdings LLC will pay a $650,000 settlement pursuant to federal authorities discovering the company to have submitted false claims to Medicare over a seven year span.
According to federal prosecutors, the false claims were for diagnostic tests performed by unlicensed/uncertified technicians. These licenses/certifications are required by Medicare rules and regulations. Areté filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in early 2011 and has agreed to pay the settlement with the proceeds from its asset sales.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding compliance with Medicare rules and regulations, or if you have questions regarding compliance issues associated with billing for sleep studies and related DME, please contact a Wachler and Associates attorney at 248-544-0888.