Texas Mutual Insurance Company and the Travis County District Attorney reported that Nova Healthcare Management, headquartered in Houston, Texas, entered a plea of guilty to felony workers’ compensation fraud related charges in the 147th Judicial District Court in Austin, Texas. Presiding Judge Clifford Brown accepted the plea and assessed sentence in the case. According to the court documents, Texas Mutual’s investigation revealed that Nova Healthcare Management, also known as Nova Medical Centers, or Nova, overbilled Texas Mutual for physical therapy by billing services as more expensive one-on-one physical therapy when what it provided was group therapy. Under the plea agreement, Nova has withdrawn from Texas Mutual’s Texas Star Network, repaid $6.5 million to Texas Mutual and paid a $5,000 fine. Other provisions of the agreement include court costs and mandatory compliance reporting to the Special Prosecution Division of the Travis County District Attorney’s office for the next two years.
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