HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) – Connecticut Attorney
General George Jepsen announced that Dr. Naimentulla Syed has agreed to a $422,641.70 joint federal-state settlement to resolve allegations of submitting false
claims to Medicaid and Medicare. Syed will also enter a compliance program.
"Improper billing practices involving our Medicaid
program will not be tolerated," Jepsen said. "We are vigilant in
working with our federal and state law enforcement partners to identify and
prosecute fraudulent and abusive conduct, and we will continue to work to hold
accountable those who seek to defraud and overcharge our taxpayer-funded
health care programs."
According to claims made by Jepsen’s office, Syed knowingly
submitted “upcoded” claims to the state Department of Social Services (DSS) for
Medicaid patients. When “upcoding,” a provider knowingly uses a higher-paying
code on the claim form for the patient than is medically necessary.
"As administering agency for Medicaid in Connecticut,
DSS joins our state and federal partners in a strong commitment to protect the
integrity of the program,” DSS Commissioner Roderick L. Bremby said. “While this false claims case does not
represent medical providers as a whole, it underscores the need for continual
quality control and anti-fraud oversight.”