Kaiser health care companies in California have agreed to pay $3.75
million to settle claims that they falsely billed the government for
teaching physicians' services.
Federal authorities said that from 1996 to 2002, Kaiser charged the
Medicare and Medi-Cal programs for treatments in which teaching
physicians purportedly supervised the work of medical residents or
students. The patients' records failed to show that the instructors
were present, authorities said.
U.S. Attorney Joseph Russoniello's office said Kaiser had disclosed the
misconduct to federal health officials. Kaiser denied liability,
however, and said it was settling to avoid the uncertainty of a court
The settlement, announced Thursday, apportions $3.4 million to the
federal government and $350,000 to the state.