ALBANY, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) — New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced Jan. 12 that the Whitney M. Young Health Center will pay $1.25 million to resolve allegations of improper billing by its Methadone Maintenance Treatment Program.

Schneiderman’s office had alleged the program failed to properly document patient treatment plans, which are necessary documents in caring for patients. Schneiderman noted that proper treatment is key for substance abuse patients, particularly as the opioid epidemic reaches a crescendo.

“As the opioid epidemic continues across the state, New Yorkers seeking help with addiction deserve to know they’re getting high-quality treatment. We will not tolerate Medicaid providers delivering substandard treatment, while New Yorkers foot the bill,” Schneiderman said. “My office will continue to hold Medicaid providers accountable and protect the integrity of the system.”

MFCU Albany regional director Kathleen A. Boland handled the case for New York. MFCU principal auditor investigator Sarah Finning, auditor investigator Alyssa Filkins and investigator Joseph Farrell first looked into the matter, with assistance from regional chief auditor Charles Norfleet and supervising investigator Dianne Hart. 

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