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Md. law firm reaches $250K settlement with U.S. Attorney’s Office

Law firm Meyers, Rodbell & Rosenbaum, P.A., which has offices in Riverdale Park and Gaithersburg, entered a settlement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office to resolve allegations that the firm did not reimburse the U.S. government for Medicare payments made to medical providers on behalf of a client, U.S. Attorney Robert K. Hur’s office said in a press release Monday.

As part of the settlement agreement, the law firm will pay $250,000 to resolve the claims and will designate a person at the firm to be responsible for paying Medicare secondary payer debts; the firm will train the employee to ensure the debts are paid on time and will review any outstanding debts with the employee at least every six months, the news release states.

“Attorneys typically receive settlement proceeds for and disburse settlement proceeds to their clients, so they are often in the best position to ensure that Medicare’s conditional payments are repaid,” Hur said in the news release. “We intend to hold attorneys accountable for failing to make good on their obligations to repay Medicare for its conditional payments.”

Medicare made conditional payments to health care providers to satisfy medical bills for a client of the firm in and around 2012. Medicare is authorized to make conditional payments for medical items or services under certain circumstances, with the expectation that the injured party — themselves or through an attorney — will use proceeds from a settlement or judgment to pay repay Medicare for those payments.

However, when a client of Meyers, Rodbell & Rosenbaum received a $1,150,000 settlement in a medical malpractice lawsuit, the firm refused to repay the conditional payments, the news release states.

Meyers, Rodbell & Rosenbaum did not immediately respond to a request for comment Monday.

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