This week, authorities pursued two major cases of hospital fraud in Texas and Florida, respectively. In both cases, providers overbilled the government by millions.
FROM FIERCE HEALTHCARE:
According to federal prosecutors, Driscoll Children’s Hospital-owned Children’s Physician Services of South Texas and Radiology Associates each billed the government for the same procedure over five years, resulting in at least $12.3 million in wrongful reimbursement, according to the report.
(…) Meanwhile, a whistleblower lawsuit filed against Florida Hospital continues in federal court even after the nonprofit hospital repaid $3 million in government overpayments, reported the Orlando Sentinel.
Paying back the money shows “the hospital knew what was going on and that it was wrong,” said Patrick Burns, spokesman for Washington-based Taxpayers Against Fraud, the Sentinel reports. Florida Hospital maintains the repayment stemmed from a routine audit.
Read the full report here.