KeepHealthCare.ORG – Norwich Mental Health Center Accused Of Fraudulently Billing State’s Medicaid Program
A Norwich mental health treatment center, facing accusations of inaccurately billing the state’s Medicaid program, reached a $300,000 settlement with the state Tuesday, the U.S. attorney’s office said.
The owners of Affinity Behavioral Health LLC billed the Connecticut Medical Assistance Program for therapy sessions and other services provided by employees who were not licensed clinicians, the attorney’s office said. The owners of the center falsely reported that some employees were licensed when MCAP was billed for the services.
The Norwich practice is co-owned by Julie Longton, a licensed family therapist, and her daughter, Leanda Zupka, a licensed clinical social worker. CMAP was inaccurately billed by Longton and Zupka from April 2013 to December 2017, according to the state Department of Social Services.
The $300,000 that Longton and Zupka have agreed to pay as part of the settlement will be returned to the state’s Medicaid fund, the attorney’s office said. Affinity Behavioral Health and its co-owners will also be required to take part in a 5-year program with oversight by a compliance officer to develop guidelines to prevent fraud within the center.