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Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD)

The federal government routinely awards contracts to companies with histories of misconduct, including contract fraud and other violations. POGO believes that providing this website will help to improve contracting decisions and increase public knowledge of how the government spends billions of taxpayer dollars each year. Read more…

Alleged Medicare Fraud (1996 – 2000)

United Healthcare Insurance Company paid $3.5 million to settle allegations that it defrauded the Medicare program. From October 2, 1995 to October 1, 2000, United Healthcare acted under contract with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as a Durable Medical Equipment Regional Carrier. Under that contract, United Healthcare processed Medicare Part B claims for durable medical equipment submitted to it by Medicare beneficiaries, physicians, and other health care providers and suppliers located in the northeastern United States. The government alleged that, beginning in or about 1996 and continuing through 2000, United Healthcare’s telephone response unit knowingly mishandled certain phone inquiries received from Medicare beneficiaries and providers and then falsely reported its performance information to CMS concerning the company’s handling of those calls. Under the settlement, United Healthcare did not admit any of the allegations in the complaint.

Misconduct Type
Government Contract Fraud
Enforcement Agency
Health and Human Services
Contracting Party
Health and Human Services
Court Type
Civil
Disposition
Settlement
Date of Settlement Announcement
12/13/2004
Contractors Involved Penalty
Total
UnitedHealth Group $3,500,000
Further Information Released
DOJ Press Release 12/13/2004

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database