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Psychiatrist to pay $1.1 million to settle FCA suit

Gulshan Sultan, M.D., will pay $1.1 million to resolve allegations that she violated the Federal False Claims Act and the Tennessee Medicaid False Claims Act. The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee announced the consent judgment on March 20, 2008.

The complaint alleged that Dr. Sultan submitted false billing to the healthcare programs when services were not performed by her but rather by a nurse without the requisite psychiatric training and licensing. She was also alleged to have submitted bills on over 200 separate days for face-to face, time-based psychotherapy services when she did not perform the services billed. The complaint also states that on a number of days Dr. Sultan claimed to have performed time-based services well in excess of 24 hours.

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