Arizona urgent-care company reaches settlement

Jul 2, 2012, 12:45 PM | Updated: 12:49 pm

PHOENIX — An Arizona-based company that owns urgent-care facilities in
several states has reached an agreement to settle allegations that it submitted
false billing claims.

The U.S. Justice Department said in a statement that NextCare Inc. has agreed
to pay $10 million to settle allegations that the company billed Medicare and
Medicaid programs for unnecessary tests.

The company was also accused of inflating bills for medical services.

A statement released by NextCare said the company maintains that it did not
violate any laws, but it agreed to the settlement to “avoid a costly and
lengthy review process.”

The company owns urgent care facilities in Arizona, Colorado, Texas, North
Carolina, Ohio and Virginia.

Federal agencies will monitor NextCare’s activity for five years to ensure
compliance with health-care regulations.

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Arizona urgent-care company reaches settlement