(Legal Newsline) – Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced Feb.
17 that dental provider Dr. Alec H. Jaret, doing business as HealthDrive Dental
Group, and its billing agent, HealthDrive Corp., will pay $1.5 million
after allegations of overbilling MassHealth for nursing home visits.
to Healey’s office, HealthDrive overbilled MassHealth between July 2010 and
September 2013; the defendants charged a separate “house call” fee for multiple
patients treated at the same facility on the same day. MassHealth’s rules
mandate that health care providers limit this fee to one charge per facility
It does not matter how many patients are seen at that facility on the
given day. HealthDrive allegedly put in 34,700 excessive claims. Per the terms
of the agreement settling the case, HealthDrive and HealthDrive Dental Group
will pay MassHealth $1,500,756 to resolve all claims.
the case for Massachusetts were assistant attorneys general Jennifer Goldstein,
Alexandra Brazier and Robert Patten and investigator Eric Panicucci, all of Healey’s Medicaid Fraud Division. Additionally, MassHealth provided assistance
with the case.