Part of $256 million multi-state settlement against Millennium Health
FRANKFORT, KY. (Jan. 8, 2016) — Attorney General Andy Beshear announced today that Kentucky has received $945,114 as part of a $256 million, multi-state settlement with Millennium Health, one of the largest urine drug testing laboratories in the U.S. Settlement funds will go directly into Kentucky’s Medicaid Program.
The $256 million settlement, reached in November, settles allegations that Millennium Health systematically billed Medicare, Medicaid and other federal health care programs for excessive and unnecessary urine drug testing and provided free items to doctors who agreed to refer expensive laboratory testing business to Millennium.
Beshear’s Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Unit headed Kentucky’s efforts on the case. Beshear has charged the unit with investigating and prosecuting any health care provider who fraudulently bills or abuses the Medicaid system.
“Medicaid and its expansion provide a critical service that helps Kentucky’s most vulnerable citizens,” Beshear said. “As the Attorney General, I am committed to holding any company that defrauds Medicaid accountable. The actions of companies like Millennium defraud not only the government but the people government serves.”
The Kentucky Office of the Attorney General joined 48 other states, the District of Columbia and the federal government in March on a lawsuit filed by whistleblowers under the federal False Claims Act against Millennium. The claims resolved by the settlement are allegations only, and there has been no determination of liability.
For more information or to report provider fraud, contact the Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control Division at 877-228-7384.