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Lawsuit: Amos Cancer Center over billing insurers

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A bombshell lawsuit alleging over billing by the Amos Cancer Center and one of the area's most prominent doctors recently unsealed in federal court came out Monday.

The lawsuit detailed first by Chuck Williams at the Columbus Ledger Enquirer was filed by the healthcare group's own top administrator Richard Barker.

According to the lawsuit, Dr. Andrew Pippas consistently filed inaccurate claims to government insurers for millions more than what was actually owed.

The case involves a whose who of Columbus including AFLAC CEO Dan Amos who threatened to withdraw financial support from the cancer center with his family's namesake if Dr. Pippas wasn't compensated Medicare and Medicaid services which has a program to measure improper payments.

The improper payment rate is not a "fraud rate," but is a measurement of payments that did not meet Medicare requirements..

Columbus Regional Healthcare refused to respond on camera to the allegations, but released a statement on their website saying in part quote, "This matter has attracted the attention of local news media and you may see some coverage. You should know that this legal action is focused on complex and very technical billing rules, not on matters related to quality of care," Columbus Regional Healthcare.

Taxpayers foot the bill for millions in indigent care service from Columbus Regional. Mayor Teresa Tomlinson tells NBC 38 she was aware of the lawsuit prior to it being made public and won't comment on the specifics, but expected the case to draw a lot of interest.
  
"Are the citizens interested in what's going on? Sure. It's a major healthcare provider in this community, and we are all interested in it. We have a large relationship with them so in that sense we are certainly interested in any significant litigation," Mayor Tomlinson says.

Stay tuned to WLTZ for more on this developing story as it unfolds.

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