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Dental companies settle whistleblower lawsuit

InterDent, Inc., InterDent Service Corporation and Dedicated Dental Systems Corporation have paid the United States $377,470 to resolve allegations of fraud against Medi-Cal’s dental program, Denti-Cal. They have also paid $351, 530 to the State of California to resolve similar allegations.

The False Claims Act suit, which originated as a whistleblower suit brought by an orthodontist, alleged that the companies used the Denti-Cal provider number of the whistleblowing orthodontist to bill Denti-Cal for work performed by unauthorized dentists.

The press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles says that the case was handled jointly with the California Attorney General’s Office.

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