Dental management company pays $24 million in case alleging unnecessary, substandard pediatric care

by Ben Vernia | January 20th, 2010

The Department of Justice announced the resolution of three qui tam complaints against FORBA Holdings LLC of Nashville, Tennessee. According to the DOJ press release, the operates a network of pediatric dental clinics called “Small Smiles”:

The United States alleged that FORBA was liable for causing the submission of claims for reimbursement for a wide range of dental services provided to low-income children that were either medically unnecessary or performed in a manner that failed to meet professionally-recognized standards of care. These services included performing pulpotomies (baby root canals), placing crowns, administering anesthesia (including nitrous oxide), performing extractions, and providing fillings and/or sealants.

The company also entered into a five-years Corporate Integrity Agreement (not yet posted on the OIG-HHS website).

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