Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2007

Doctor settles over alleged billing fraud

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Dr. Pradeep Srivastava of Potomac has paid $476,000 to the federal government to settle a claim that he fraudulently billed Medicare and another health program.

A cardiologist with offices in Greenbelt and Oxon Hill, Srivastava was accused of ‘‘multiple billing abuses” over a three-and-a-half-year period ending in May 2003, U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein announced Aug. 22.

The doctor was accused of filing false claims with Medicare and the Federal Employees Health Benefit Program for services he did not perform.

Srivastava, 48, denies the charges, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

As part of the settlement, he entered into a five-year integrity agreement with the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services. The agreement imposes compliance measures and monitors bills submitted under federal programs.