United Healthcare Insurance Company will pay the United States $3.5 million to settle charges that it knowingly mishandled phone inquiries from Medicare beneficiaries and providers. The company allegedly provided false performance information to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
A former employee, who filed a whistleblower lawsuit under the federal False Claims Act, will receive $647,500 of the settlement amount.
The Dept. of Justice press release was issued on December 13, 2004.