North Haven enterprise to pay $100K to settle allegations of false billing for well being psychological providers for youngsters

NORTH HAVEN — A town-based behavioral providers enterprise has agreed to pay the state roughly $100,000 to settle allegations about false Medicaid claims, state and federal officers stated Monday.

However an legal professional for the enterprise proprietor has denied wrongdoing, contending his shopper feels he obtained insufficient steering from the state.

The allegations focus on after-school and faculty break applications that Behavioral Administration LLC and its proprietor, Neil Quatrano, supplied to youngsters with behavioral and psychological well being points, based on the Connecticut U.S. Legal professional’s workplace.


Quatrano allegedly misrepresented these providers in 2014 Medicaid claims by indicating 45-minute, one-on-one psychotherapy periods had been offered when actually 20-minute group periods had been offered, and by “(falsely representing) {that a} licensed supplier rendered the providers,” based on the settlement, a replica of which was offered by the Connecticut U.S Legal professional’s workplace.

Whereas Quatrano has a level in social work, he isn’t a licensed behavioral well being supplier in Connecticut, per the federal assertion.

However Mark Goodman, Quatrano’s legal professional, stated his shopper did every thing “in good religion.”

“Mr. Quatrano doesn’t admit any wrongdoing, and any mispresentations he or his firm made had been purely harmless,” Goodman stated. “He believes that he obtained insufficient steering from the (state), so far as how the providers his firm offered to folks with disabilities was administered. Any billing he did was in good religion and he regrets the errors that had been probably made.”

The allegations additionally say Quatrano and Behavioral Administration claimed to have offered biofeedback providers – a declare that the federal government contended additionally was false, per the settlement.

A clause within the settlement signifies it “is made in compromise of disputed claims” and doesn’t symbolize “an admission of legal responsibility.”

“(Quatrano) will likely be extra cautious in his billing practices going ahead, however I wish to emphasize that this was accomplished innocently and that there was no malice in something he did,” Goodman stated. “The cooperation with the legal professional from the legal professional basic’s workplace and the U.S. legal professional was very constructive and productive.”

Along with the U.S. legal professional basic, state Legal professional Common William Tong was a celebration within the settlement.

“Neil Quatrano and Behavioral Administration allegedly submitted fraudulent Medicaid claims for remedy and providers that had been by no means offered. Along with our federal and state companions, the Workplace of the Legal professional Common will take robust motion towards anybody who misuses our state’s Medicaid program to the detriment of each taxpayers and sufferers,” Tong stated in a press release.

The investigation resulting in the settlement was triggered by the state Division of Social Providers’ Workplace of High quality Assurance, based on Tong’s workplace.

A spokesperson for the state legal professional basic’s workplace directed questions on whether or not Behavioral Administration would proceed to function to the enterprise itself, however stated exclusion from the Medicaid program was not imposed as a part of the settlement.

In line with its web site, which was nonetheless lively Monday afternoon, “Behavioral Administration LLC offers therapeutic reduction providers to folks with mental behavioral and emotional problems.”

“We provide a strength-based proactive strategy developed by the founder, Neil Quatrano,” the web page says. “Neil has mixed a few years of expertise together with his coaching in cognitive conduct remedy and the Nurtured coronary heart strategy. … Our extremely skilled and screened employees share Neil’s ardour that every particular person served is ready to meet their private targets and be productive members of their group.”

The enterprise advertises an individualized day program, day assist, a therapeutic leisure program and particular person providers.

“(Quatrano’s) program offers a invaluable service to the particular wants group by way of offering after college enrichment applications that nearly no one else offers,” Goodman stated.

Quatrano’s settlement with the federal and state authorities lays out a plan to pay the majority of the settlement in month-to-month installments of roughly $1,500 over 5 years.

Behavioral Administration LLC was based in 2002, based on the Connecticut Secretary of the State’s on-line enterprise search.

meghan.friedmann@hearstmediact.com

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