The operator of sleep clinics the Tri-Cities and Yakima has reached a settlement with state and federal regulators over claims that he overbilled for services.
Michael Ormsby, the U.S. attorney for Eastern Washington, announced the settlement Tuesday, reported the Yakima Herald-Republic.
Federal and state attorneys handling the civil case alleged that Dr. Abhijit Deshpande and his clinics incorrectly billed the Medicaid program between 2009-11.
The government alleged that Deshpande's operations billed for services that were not provided by a licensed doctor and billed for services that were not provided by Deshpande, not provided in the United States or were double-billed.
The settlement amount of almost $90,000 is twice the disputed amount, reported the Herald-Republic.
Deshpande could have faced much greater penalties if the government had pursued a lawsuit under the False Claim Act, Ormsby said in a news release.
The clinics were the Yakima Sleep Center and the Pinnacle Sleep & Wake Disorder Center in Kennewick. Both operated as part of Deshpande's umbrella company, Pinnacle Health Care.