Charges of health care fraud to cost physical therapy group $7M

A physical therapy group with four locations in Bluffton and on Hilton Head Island has settled a federal case of health care fraud for $7 million, according to a press release Tuesday from acting United States attorney Beth Drake.

The United States Attorney Office for the District of South Carolina accused Drayer Physical Therapy Institute of submitting claims to Medicare, TRICARE and Federal Employee Health Benefit Programs for services provided to multiple patients simultaneously that were filed as though a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant had provided those services one patient at a time.

The claims resolved by this settlement are allegations only, and there has been no determination of liability.

Drayer has more than 135 locations nationwide, with two offices in Bluffton, at 38 Sheridan Park Circle and 10 William Pope Drive, and two on Hilton Head, at 119 Mathews Drive and 95 Mathews Drive.

Two attempts to reach a Drayer spokesman for comment Wednesday were unsuccessful.