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Emory Settles Double-Billing Claims

Federal prosecutors say Emory University has agreed to pay $1.5 million to settle claims that billed Medicare and Medicaid for services not allowed by the rules of programs.

A statement released Wednesday says the U.S. attorney's office in Atlanta and Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens reached the settlement with Emory.

Federal prosecutors say Emory violated the False Claims Act by billing the federal programs for services the clinical trial sponsor had paid for. Prosecutors say that resulted in Emory being paid twice for the same services.

The civil settlement resolves a lawsuit brought under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act. Those provisions allow private citizens to file civil actions on behalf of the United States and to share in any settlement.