Hospital Chain Agrees to Pay Over $260 Million
Health Management Associates (HMA) will pay over $260 million to resolve criminal charges and civil claims relating to a scheme to defraud the United States. The government alleged that HMA knowingly billed government health care programs for inpatient services that should have been billed as outpatient or observation services, paid remuneration to physicians in return for patient referrals, and submitted inflated claims for emergency department facility fees. Read a Reuters story. Read a Department of Justice press release.
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