KANSAS CITY, Mo. — An Overland Park-based company that provides therapy services to children with autism will pay $300,000 to settle allegations that it submitted false claims to a federal program, officials said.
The allegations center on claims that Autism Concepts Inc. made to the TRICARE program, a health-insurance program for active and retired military service members and their families, U.S. Attorney for Kansas Stephen McAllister said Wednesday.
Federal prosecutors allege that Autism Concepts and its director, Nancy Champlin, made claims that said the company provided individual behavioral-analysis services to children with autism spectrum disorders, when it actually provided the services to groups of children. TRICARE does not cover services in a group setting.
“TRICARE providers must comply with program requirements that are designed for effective treatment for children with special and particular needs,” McAllister said in a news release. “This office is committed to making sure federal funds are spent as intended, while protecting federally funded programs that make it possible for military families to receive vital services.”