September 26, 2018

CT doc to pay $99K in false claims settlement

A physician practicing in New London and Norwich has agreed to pay $99,912 to settle allegations that he filed fraudulent claims for services that were never provided, authorities say.

Dr. Helar Campos entered in to the civil settlement Wednesday after authorities alleged he submitted false claims of office visits to Medicare and Medicaid for evaluation and management services, the Connecticut U.S. Attorney's Office said.

According to investigators, Campos also "upcoded" certain services, meaning he used higher-paying billing codes when lower-paying codes were provided.

Campos has agreed to pay $99,912 to reimburse the Medicare and Medicaid programs for his conduct between Jan. 1, 2009, through 2012.

The case was investigated by the Office of Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Anne F. Thidemann.

Campos has had other legal troubles.

The state's medical board fined Campos $5,000 in 2014 for shoddy care of four diabetes patients over fours years, according to the Hartford Courant. His flawed care prompted another doctor seeing the patients to complain to the state Department of Public Health.

The report says Campos was also fined $7,000 in 2012 for allowing his assistants to administer flu shots and failing to properly document that he did not give the injections.

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