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Feds reach $256M settlement with firm accused of overbilling

(AP) -- The U.S. Department of Justice has announced a $256 million settlement with a San Diego County company alleged to have billed Medicare, Medicaid and other federal health programs for unnecessary urine screens and genetic testing.

The deal with Millennium Health of Rancho Bernardo resolves at least a half-dozen whistleblower cases that had been filed by former employees, medical practices and others over the past several years, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported Tuesday.

The feds joined in the suits in 2014.

The complaint details how the government believes Millennium systematically pushed doctors to order a whole battery of urine screens when only one or two might have been necessary.

In a statement, Millennium said it didn't agree with the allegations but decided to settle the case to close the matter.

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