Chattanooga pediatrician settles with state over TennCare fraud case

Dr. Ricardo Causo must pay the state of Tennessee $125,897.65. (Image: WTVC)

Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III says the state has reached an agreement with Dr. Ricardo Causo, which requires the Chattanooga pediatrician to pay the State of Tennessee $125,897.65.

“TennCare funds are not unlimited,” Slatery said in an email release. “And this office will continue to fight for money wasted on fraudulent claims- money that should be going to treat a vulnerable population.”

Under the Tennessee Medicaid False Claims Act, the state alleges that from July 1, 2012 through August 31, 2017, Dr. Causo improperly submitted claims to the TennCare program for prolonged services that he did not render.

The result was that Dr. Causo received payments for prolonged services for which he did not perform.

NewsChannel 9 interviewed Dr. Causo in October, 2017 in a story about corporal punishment.

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