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Community Health Care Centers Pays Fine for Vaccine Fraud

Community Health Care Centers Pays Fine for Vaccine Fraud

Posted - Jun. 15, 2004 at 2:46 p.m.



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(Salt Lake City--AP) -- Utah's largest community-based health care provider has agreed to pay 267-thousand dollars to state and federal agencies for improperly using vaccines intended for needy children.

Investigators found Community Health Care Centers gave free vaccines from the program to children who were already covered by insurance. Officials say the company then sent bills for the vaccinations to insurance companies and Medicaid.

Wade Farraway with the Utah Attorney General's Office says it was basically double-dipping. Farraway said the company was billing for vaccines they received for free.

Community Health Centers' deputy director Dexter Pearce declined to comment.

The company has facilities in Salt Lake, Midvale, Rose Park and Taylorsville.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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