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Beth Israel Medicare Settlement

Beth Israel Medical Centre in Boston has agreed to pay $3.2 million in a settlement stemming from allegations that the hospital incorrectly billed Medicare for various procedures, in particular certain cardiac procedures. The suit was filed against six other hospitals, as well as Beth Israel. The suit claims that the Medicare program was charged for cardiac procedures not deemed safe by government agencies that were carried out between 1986 and 1995. A former salesman of medical equipment originally blew the whistle on Beth Israel and many other hospitals. The total amount of money recovered in settlements like this is $40 million. As well as Beth Israel Medical Centre, other hospitals were included in the settlement. There were two from New Jersey; General Hospital Centre in Passaic and Hackensack University Medical Centre; two from California; Daniel Freeman Hospital in Los Angeles and Good Samaritan Hospital in Santa Clara; and one in Utah; LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City. The other five hospitals combined for roughly an additional $2.3 million. (Oct-23-02) [BOSTON BUSINESS JOURNAL]

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Published on Mar-26-05


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