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Optim Healthcare releases statement after settlement

Optim Healthcare, a leading healthcare provider in South Georgia, announced its official response to its recent settlement with the U.S. Government, terms of which were disseminated earlier today by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Georgia. While Optim agreed to the terms of the settlement, the healthcare provider felt compelled to put the settlement in perspective for the benefit of its patients and the broader community alike. Michael Kleinpeter, CEO of Optim Healthcare, stated:
"Today, Optim Healthcare's settlement with the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Georgia and the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the Inspector General was announced. In August 2012, Optim disclosed to the government documentation errors that potentially triggered technical violations of the Stark Law, and a significant portion of the settlement concerns this issue.  While the Stark law violations are the result of technical documentation errors that occurred in the context of a very complex regulatory environment, Optim regrets its mistakes and in the intervening period has taken proactive compliance steps to help prevent any reoccurrence. The settlement also resolves a disagreement with the government concerning alleged billing errors."
Kleinpeter continued: "These types of settlements are relatively common among medical providers nationally, and we would like to emphasize that Optim's exemplary record of medical care was never in question. With this, behind us we look forward to continuing to provide the exemplary service we have come to be known for over the last 35 years, service which is now offered at 49 facilities across southeastern Georgia."
Optim's large network ensures the highest-quality service and treatment standards across facilities, providing the best in healthcare to patients in both larger metropolitan and rural areas. Optim contributes to the communities it operates in not only by providing top-notch healthcare, but also by creating jobs for over 1,000 people, including for those with special needs, and participating in local sports programs, philanthropy and fundraising.
 "As healthcare providers struggle to come to terms with an ever evolving healthcare system, the complexity of billing is only one of the struggles we face every day. Unfortunately, as our healthcare system becomes more difficult to navigate, these oversights can, and do occur," said Michael Kleinpeter. "It is important to remember that this is a nationwide phenomenon, with more than 750 of these types of claims being filed across the country in the past fiscal year alone. Rather than incur the legal fees and distraction that would have come with a lengthy legal proceeding, we have decided to settle this matter."
In response to the complaint unsealed in conjunction with the settlement Michael Kleinpeter stated: "We vehemently disagree with allegations included in the complaint unsealed yesterday. The complaint was filed by the former chief executive officer of one of our competitors, who has no knowledge of our internal operations, and who stands to gain financially from the resolution of this matter."
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