This week, it was announced that M. Wagdi Attia had agreed to pay the United States $400,000 to resolve allegations that he fraudulently billed Medicare and Medicaid for services not rendered from January 1, 2013 through May 31, 2017. Attia was a physician with a medical practice in Gaithersburg, Maryland until April 1, 2018. It was alleged that the defendant billed Medicare for psychotherapy services that were not rendered. The physician was accused to seeking reimbursement for services that require specific amounts of face-to-face service without fulfilling those requirements.
The United States contended that the defendant’s medical records failed to show the provision of all elements of the psychotherapy service required. They also claimed that the use of repetitive and common language raised questions about the nature and extent of the services delivered. The settlement agreement shows that Dr. Attia has retired and has allowed his medical license to expire. The settlement shows that he has no intention of renewing his license.
The claims resolved by the settlement are allegations. Further details can be found here.