National billing vendor settles fraud case for $1.95M

Medical Billing Services Inc., a national claims filing firm based in Florida, agreed to pay $1.95 million to resolve allegations of defrauding Medicare and Medicaid, the Gwinnett Daily Post reported. The company was accused of falsifying diagnoses on resubmitted radiology claims in an attempt to reverse prior payment denials. MBS faced accusations of fraud committed in Florida, New York, Tennessee and Texas, in addition to a whistleblower lawsuit resolved as part of the settlement, the article noted. "Billing services such as MBS have no less of a duty to ensure truthful information on claims than do the providers who use these services," Derrick L. Jackson, special agent in charge of the Atlanta Office of Inspector General, told the newspaper. Article