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Nashville-based dental clinic manager agrees to pay $24 million to settle unneeded children dental services lawsuit

Staff Report • Jan 21, 2010 at 12:00 AM

A Nashville based manager of dental clinics Forba Holdings LLC, agreed to pay $24 million to settle lawsuit claims it caused bills to be submitted to Medicaid for unneeded dental services for children, the Justice Department said.

Forba’s 68 clinics in 22 states serve more than 500,000 low-income children a year. The closely held company allegedly caused the filing of reimbursement claims for so-called baby root canals, extractions and other services that were unnecessary or failed to meet professional standards, Assistant U.S. Attorney General Tony West said today in Washington.

“We have zero tolerance for those who break the law to exploit needy children,” West said on a conference call. “Illegal conduct like this endangers a child’s well-being, distorts the judgments of health-care professionals and puts corporate profits ahead of patient safety.”

The company admitted no wrongdoing. West said Nashville, Tennessee-based Forba fired some dentists for failing to meet standards as a result of the investigation.

Read the full report at the BusinessWeek Web site.

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