TriWest Healthcare to pay $179M to solve overpayments from VA

TriWest Healthcare to pay $179M to solve overpayments from VA
Veterans Affairs (Source: WIS)

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - TriCare Healthcare Alliance Corp. has agreed to pay more than $179 million to the United States to resolve overpayments from the Department of Veteran Affairs.

TriWest is a corporation in Arizona stationed in Phoenix that administers some government health care programs, including those operated by the VA.

The monetary settlement resolves allegations that the corporation retained overpayments from the VA in connection to the administration of the PC3 and Choice Programs.

As an administrator of these programs, TriWest is paid by the VA to coordinate medical appointments and make payments to health care providers.

“The department will continue to support the VA and its Office of Inspector General in ensuring that the VA’s programs are administered properly and that taxpayer funds are used as intended,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Bossert Clark of the Justice Department’s Civil Division.

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

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