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Parkway Hospital, Inc.

New York, NY: (Aug-13-07) The Health and Human Services Office (HHS) of the Inspector General and the Office of Investigations filed charges against Forest Hills's Parkway Hospital, Inc., following an investigation that revealed that Parkway defrauded the Medicare Program. The government's investigation established that for the years 1992 through 1998, Parkway fraudulently included costs in annual filings with Medicare, known as Hospital Costs Reports, that were not covered by Medicare, including costs associated with clinics owned by Parkway's physician owners and operated by Queens Medical Management, Inc.

As part of the settlement reached, Parkway Hospital agreed to pay $1,075,000 to the federal government to resolve claims. As a further part of the settlement, Parkway has agreed to institute a compliance program in accordance with the terms of a Corporate Integrity Agreement entered into with HHS. Parkway is obligated to establish and maintain a compliance program that includes the appointment of a compliance officer, creation of a compliance committee comprising key members of senior management, and the adoption of a code of ethics. Parkway must also engage an independent auditor to conduct annual audits of cost report submissions to the federal health care programs. The express purpose of the compliance program is to ensure that Parkway will meet all requirements of Medicare and other federally funded health care programs. [NORTH COUNTRY GAZETTE: MEDICAID FRAUD]


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Published on Aug-14-07


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