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Hospitals Repay Over $3 Million To Settle Surgical Claims

Wed, 05/19/2010 - 7:53am

Two Indiana hospitals have repaid millions of dollars to the federal government to settle claims that they overcharged for a type of spinal surgery. Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie paid just under $2 million. President and chief executive Mike Haley said the hospital had fully cooperated with the investigation and voluntarily agreed to repay the money.

Bloomington Hospital repaid $1.4 million. Corporate counsel Jim Whitlatch said the settlement was not an admission of liability but a “business decision”. The two were among nine U.S. hospitals that had been charged with submitting false claims to the Medicare program after performing the surgeries.

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