Agrees to pay $950,000 back to Medicaid program
A Monroe doctor accused of defrauding the North Carolina Medicaid program settled her case Tuesday, Nov. 15. Millicent Francis-Lane, owner of Union County Women’s Care, agreed to repay the government $950,000.
State investigators spent more than a year building a case against the Monroe gynecologist and her billing practices. Investigators allege Francis-Lane billed Medicaid for services she never provided. The state also said Francis-Lane regularly billed Medicaid for unnecessary tests, over a seven-year period from 2003 to
“Dr. Francis-Lane’s false billing practices led to the exploitation of Medicaid, a taxpayer-funded program that so many people depend on to cover their health care needs,” U.S. Attorney Anne Tompkins said in a press release.
“Overcharging Medicaid wastes tax dollars that could be better spent providing real care for needy patients,” N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper said. “Cooperation between our office and federal officials is key to bringing Medicaid cheaters to justice.”
The $950,000 penalty includes repayment for overbilling, as well as multiple penalties. Francis-Lane also agreed to hire a government-approved auditor to monitor billing practices at her climic for the next five years.