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Former operator of Hibbing VA Clinic pays $1.8 to settle allegations

Former operator of Hibbing VA Clinic pays $1.8 to settle allegations

Created: March 12, 2020 11:32 AM

The U.S. Department of Justice says the former operator of the Hibbing VA Clinic has agreed to pay $1.85 million to resolve allegations that it failed to schedule military veterans' medical appointments in a timely manner.

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Sterling Medical Associates' contract with the VA required it to schedule routine appointments within 14 days of the veteran’s requested date. The Justice Department had alleged that Sterling did not schedule patient appointments at its Hibbing clinic in compliance with the requirements between July 2013 and April 2014.

The department alleged that Sterling changed veterans’ requested appointment dates to make appointment wait times appear shorter, which resulted in Sterling submitting false claims to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The Justice Department says the claims resolved by the settlement are allegations only, and there has been no determination of liability.

The Hibbing VA Clinic is no longer operated by Sterling.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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