- Associated Press - Sunday, October 11, 2015

CINCINNATI (AP) - UC Health and its subsidiary in a southwest Ohio suburb have agreed to pay $4.1 million to settle allegations the hospital billed Medicare and Medicaid for unnecessary spine surgeries.

UC’s West Chester Hospital was accused of submitting claims for surgeries conducted between 2009 and 2013 by Dr. Abubakar Atiq Durrani. Federal officials said last year Durrani fled the country to Pakistan. He remains a fugitive.

In July 2013, Durrani was arrested and charged with health care fraud violations in relation to the surgeries.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that UC Health officials deny the allegations and admit no liability. They stated that Durrani wasn’t their employee. They say he did have privileges “for a time” at the hospital.  

Ohio and Kentucky will receive some $72,000 as part of the settlement.

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Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, https://www.enquirer.com


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