Knoxville Physicians Group Settles Over Billing Qui Tam For $4.36M

KNOXVILLE — A physicians practice group has agreed to pay $4.36 million to resolve allegations it violated federal law while submitting false claims for medical services.

The settlement involves Apex Medical Group, doing business as Nephrology Consultants, and some affiliated dialysis centers in Knoxville area counties.

According to an announcement today from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Tennessee, an investigation showed “from at least 2001 through 2006 Apex submitted numerous false and fraudulent claims to government health programs, including Medicare and TennCare, for payment through a pattern of upcoding for various physician services.

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