Early Autism Project reached a financial settlement with the federal government solely to allow us to continue our focus on providing life-changing Applied Behavior Analysis therapy to children with autism spectrum and related disorders. We admit no wrongdoing and the Corporate Integrity Agreement with the government clearly states that the terms apply to Early Autism Project only.
Early Autism Project has been cooperating fully with a government investigation of billing practices that were in place before ChanceLight began operating EAP in 2013. Since then, we have been taking every possible action to ensure accuracy and compliance with all regulations.
We hired outside experts who helped evaluate and enhance billing practices. We established a Central Billing Office staffed by 26 credentialed medical billers, we established a Compliance Department to ensure compliance with all regulations regarding billing, and we established a compliance hotline and website staffed by an independent third party to receive parent or employee concerns about billing practices.
Additionally, we have created a data integrity unit to provide additional checks and balances, and an information technology unit to provide technology support.
We have maintained constant communication with the Department of Disabilities and Special Needs and Health and Human Services to ensure our documentation of the quality services we provide meets their requirements.
South Carolina is a leader in providing therapy for children who have autism, and we look forward to continuing to partner with the state to serve children and families throughout the state of South Carolina.