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Judge tosses Medicare lawsuit against UnitedHealth

A federal judge threw out a lawsuit filed against UnitedHealth Group Inc. alleging that the company overcharged the Medicare program with false beneficiary claims related to patients enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan, Reuters reported.

U.S. District Judge John Walter in Los Angeles said in a ruling that the suit failed to identify corporate officers who vouched for the accuracy of the data submitted to the Medicare program or allege any of those officers knew the data was false. The judge also said the suit failed to prove that the government would have not paid UnitedHealth for the claims had it been aware of the conduct. The U.S. Department of Justice has until Oct. 13 to amend its complaint.

UnitedHealth declined to comment on the lawsuit.

In March, the U.S. Department of Justice was granted a motion to consolidate two lawsuits that were filed against UnitedHealth for allegedly defrauding the U.S. government out of hundreds of millions of dollars with false beneficiary claims.