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Panhandle medical providers settle fraud dispute

PENSACOLA - Several Pensacola-area medical providers have agreed to pay the federal government $3.5 million to settle a billing dispute.
   According to the U.S. attorney's office, the various radiation and oncology clinics had billed for services that were not approved by Medicare, Medicaid or TRICARE.  Federal prosecutors said the providers billed for services that were not supervised by physicians, submitted bills for services with no proof the services where preformed and billed twice for a single treatment.
   Pamela Marsh is the U.S. attorney for the northern district of Florida. She said in a statement released Friday that: "Submitting false claims for medical services raises the cost of health care for all of us as patients and taxpayers."