WAUWATOSA — The U.S.
Attorney’s Office announced Friday that the Medical College
of Wisconsin, Inc. has paid the federal government the
amount of $840,000 to settle allegations that it knowingly
billed federal health care programs for neurosurgeries
involving residents who did not receive the required level
of supervision from teaching physicians.
The announcement Friday was made by U.S. Attorney James L.
Santelle of the Eastern District of Wisconsin, which said
the Medical College of Wisconsin paid the federal government
the money to resolve allegations it violated the False
“The Medical College of Wisconsin is committed to providing
quality health services and complying with all regulations
related to billing for these services,” said Maureen Mack,
director of external communications at MCW, in a statement
Friday. “The federal government’s focus on this matter was
on compliance with Medicare regulations regarding
regulations requiring requirements for surgical schedules
and billing. Patient safety was not an issue. MCW cooperated
fully with the government throughout this investigation. MCW
has implemented changes to ensure compliance with these
The Medical College employs teaching physicians who provide
medical care to patients and to supervise residents. The
civil settlement, according to the announcement, resolves a
lawsuit filed under the whistleblower provision of the False
Claims Act, which allows private citizens with knowledge of
fraud to bring a civil action on behalf the United States
and share in any recovery.
The complaint, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office,
alleges that the Medical College of Wisconsin submitted
false claims to the Medicare and TRICARE programs for
teaching physicians’ services in performing neurosurgeries
involving residents. The settlement resolves certain claims
submitted between April 16, 2006, and March 31, 2013.