March 8, 2019

Orange-based medical equipment supplier to pay $467K for violations

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A medical supply business and its owner will pay $467,090 for allegedly fraudulently billing Medicaid for equipment.

Med Tech LLC of Orange, and its owner and operator Thomas Macre Sr., agreed to pay the money as part of a civil settlement agreement with the federal and state governments, according to the U.S. Attorney's office and the Connecticut Attorney General's office.

The agreement resolves allegations that Med Tech and Macre violated federal and state False Claims Acts.

Med Tech provides durable medical equipment, and it is a provider in the Connecticut Medical Assistance Program, which includes the state's Medicaid program.

According to state and federal officials, Med Tech and Macre billed Medicaid for back braces and electrical nerve stimulation devices that either were never provided to Medicaid recipients or weren't medically necessary.

The money will be used to reimburse Medicaid for the company's conduct over a six-year period, from 2011 to 2017.

U.S. Attorney for Connecticut John H. Durham said in an announcement, "Medical equipment suppliers must bill Medicaid accurately, and we will continue to work with our federal and state partners to protect the integrity of all federal health-care programs."

Attorney General William Tong said his office will "aggressively pursue these types of schemes," both to deter this conduct and protect taxpayer-funded health-care programs.

State Department of Social Services Commissioner Roderick L. Bremby added, "This False Claims Act settlement will help reimburse taxpayers for unacceptable actions taken by this durable medical equipment firm in billing the Medicaid program."

While Med Tech and Macre entered into the settlement agreement, the document states that by doing so, it was not an admission of liability.

Attorney Bradley Howard of the law firm Brown & Fortunato of Texas, represents Med Tech and Macre.

Macre on Friday issued a statement through his attorney.

"Our company is working with the state to ensure that our policies and practices are current and compliant to ensure that the types of issues that gave rise to these penalties do not happen in the future," Macre said.

Both federal and state officials encouraged anyone who suspects health care fraud to contact them. Callers can submit tips at 1-800-HHS-TIPS or 860-808-5040.

Contact Michelle Tuccitto Sullo at msullo@newhavenbiz.com

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