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Maryland health care providers agree to payments to settle claims of false Medicare billing

Saint Agnes Healthcare, Inc., which owns and operates St. Agnes Hospital in Baltimore, has agreed to pay nearly $70,000 to settle claims it billed the federal government for services not rendered, federal prosecutors announced Friday.

The U.S. Attorneys Office in Baltimore announced it had reached settlement agreements with Saint Agnes and other health care providers to resolve claims of false billing.

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Prosecutors say Horizon Vascular Specialists, with offices in Frederick, Germantown, Olney and Rockville, agreed to pay about $520,000; Riverside Medical Associates, in Riverdale, agreed to pay about $175,000; Maryland Specialty Group, in Glenn Dale, agreed to pay nearly $90,000; and Dr. Itsuro Uchino, a physician in Hagerstown, agreed to pay $91,000.

The health care providers wrongly billed Medicare for tests of blood flow in patients’ legs, prosecutors say.

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