Health News Florida’s Jim Saunders is reporting today that Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration has decided it will not pursue an investigation of Medicare overbilling by Solantic — the chain of walk-in clinics founded by Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Scott. Instead, the AHCA has turned the matter over to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
In an extensive feature published last Tuesday, The Florida Independent’s Tristram Korten documented allegations made by former and current Solantic employees that the company routinely billed Medicare more than what was proper, and that the company used doctors’ names and license information without their consent.
Saunders reports that
an AHCA statement released with the documents late Friday afternoon said it had determined that physician Randy Prokes’ allegations of overbilling by Solantic dealt primarily with Medicare, not the state Medicaid program. Thus the matter has been turned over to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services “for further review and possible investigation,” the statement said.