Christus Settles Medicare Fraud Charges for Nearly $1M
HFA also allegedly helped hospitals reopen previously filed cost reports to seek reimbursement for costs that it had inadvertently failed to claim in its original cost reports, while simultaneously concealing from Medicare overpayments the hospitals knew they had received on account of the original cost reports, federal prosecutors said.
The settlement with Christus is the latest and last in a series of settlements with nine hospital defendants in the whistleblower suit that have cumulatively paid approximately $61 million to the federal government, including: a 2007 settlement in which the Loma Linda Behavioral Medicine Center in Redlands, CA, paid more than $2 million; and the 2006 settlement in which Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, FL, paid $14.25 million.
The settlement was negotiated by the United States Attorney's Office in Los Angeles.
John Commins is a senior editor with HealthLeaders Media.
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