A Chadron-area mental health therapist was ordered Tuesday to pay more than $300,000 to the state due to improper Medicaid billing practices.Dawes County District Judge Travis O’Gorman ordered Anna Young to pay $308,866.80, following a probe by the state’s Medicaid Fraud and Patient Abuse Unit, Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson said.
Investigators said Young billed Nebraska Medicaid $102,955.60 for mental health services between February 2011 and December 2015. Young admitted she knowingly failed to maintain documentation to support the submission of the claims, as required by law, according to the attorney general’s announcement.
She was ordered to repay three times the amount she billed to Medicaid, per the terms of the Nebraska False Medicaid Claims Act, Peterson said.
Prosecutors say Young submitted 462 claims for 1,451 undocumented mental health procedures while employed by Ann Brost Counseling Agency.
Brost also settled a separate unspecified prosecutorial action with the state, which stemmed from the same incident, Peterson said.
Assistant Attorney General Vicki Adams handled the prosecution for the state.
The Medicaid Fraud and Patient Abuse Unit was assisted in the investigation by the Medicaid Program Integrity Unit of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Peterson said.