The Siouxland Community Health Center has reached a settlement with the U. S Attorney's office in Cedar Rapids on an investigation centering on dental outreach.
Interim C-E-O Mari Kaptain-Dahlen issued a statement Friday saying the Health Center has agreed to a $200,000 settlement with the U.S. Attorney's office following a two-year investigation of the dental outreach program.
The program, implemented in 2010, provided dental screening to children in Siouxland area school districts.
Authorities contended that SCHC violated the Federal and Iowa False Claims Acts for improperly submitting claims to Iowa Medicaid for dental outreach services on children who were not eligible for the service.
SCHC contends it has complied with applicable federal and state clinical and billing requirements but decided to settle the case as the cost of defending the allegations would have exceeded the amount of the settlement.
The settlement does not constitute an admission by SCHC that it engaged in any improper activity.
As of result of the settlement, SCHC suspended the dental outreach program in July and will resume outreach to schools once the state and federal governments issue guidance on delivering and billing for the services.