Monday, December 17, 2007
TX, NJ hospitals settle Medicare allegations.....geez they settled
Hospitals in Texas and New Jersey agreed this week to pay almost $10 million to settle charges of making improper Medicare claims. One facility, Warren Hospital of Philipsburg, N.J., agreed to pay $7.5 million to settle charges that it had inflated Medicare charges to boost its outlier payments. The hospital will enter a corporate integrity agreement with the HHS Inspector General's Office. Meanwhile, Harris Methodist-HEB Hospital in Bedford, TX agreed to pay $1.9 million to address questions over a lease agreement with the physician. The parent company for the hospital, which reported the potential problem, will be required to submit periodic compliance reports. Both of these cases arose from whistle-blower lawsuits.