March 8, 2018 —
United States Attorney Russell M. Coleman, acting on behalf of the Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services, the TRICARE Program, and the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHB) today announced a $10,635,615.90 settlement with Natera, Inc., to resolve claims that Natera improperly billed federal healthcare programs for Natera’s non-invasive prenatal test known as Panorama . Natera has also agreed to pay an additional $756,183 to a number of state Medicaid programs.
"Let this hefty settlement send a message that pursuing healthcare fraud is a priority of our Office and of the Department of Justice” stated United States Attorney Russell Coleman. “Overbilling federal healthcare programs steals from taxpayers and drives up the cost of healthcare for us all. Recovering taxpayer dollars lost to fraud helps keep strong those critical public healthcare programs so many Kentucky families depend on.”