Navigation Links
New Jersey Hospital to Pay $3.85 Million to Resolve Allegations of Inflating Charges to Obtain Higher Medicare Reimbursement
Date:9/24/2008

WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Cooper University Hospital in Camden, N.J., has agreed to pay the United States $3.85 million, plus interest, to settle allegations that it defrauded Medicare, the Justice Department announced today.

The settlement resolves allegations that the hospital improperly increased charges to Medicare patients to obtain enhanced reimbursement from the federal health care program. In addition to its standard payment system, Medicare pays supplemental reimbursement, called outlier payments, to hospitals in cases where the cost of care is unusually high. Congress had enacted the supplemental payment system to provide the incentive to hospitals to treat such patients.

The Justice Department alleged that, between January 2001 and August 2003, Cooper improperly inflated charges for inpatient and outpatient care to make its costs for providing such care appear greater than they actually were, and thereby obtain outlier payments from Medicare that it was not entitled to receive.

"Today's settlement demonstrates the commitment by the Justice Department to combating practices by which hospitals knowingly overcharge the federal Medicare program," said Assistant Attorney General Gregory G. Katsas, head of the Department's Civil Division.

"This office remains determined to ensure the integrity of the Medicare system for the citizens of New Jersey," said Christopher J. Christie, U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey.

The civil settlement agreement resolves allegations against Cooper originally brought in a suit by Anthony Kite. Under the False Claims Act, private citizens may bring lawsuits on behalf of the federal government. Under the settlement, Mr. Kite will receive $654,500.

The settlement with Cooper was the result of a coordinated effort among the Justice Department's Civil Division, Commercial Litigation Branch; the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of New Jersey, Affirmative Civil Enforcement Unit; the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania; the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General and Office of Counsel to the Inspector General; the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; and the FBI, in investigating and resolving the allegations.


'/>"/>
SOURCE U.S. Department of Justice
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Video: Circulatory Care of New Jersey
2. Keane Wins $1 Million Electronic Medical Record (EMR) Implementation at New Jersey-Based Acute Care Facility
3. First New York/New Jersey Health Care Report Card Released
4. New Jersey Physicians Launch New, Statewide Association to Fight for Stronger Voice in Healthcare
5. New Jersey Nets Shoot Down Staph with High-Tech Defense
6. Filing for Reconsideration/Press Conference ACUNA v. TURKISH, Historic Informed Consent Abortion Case to the New Jersey Supreme Court
7. New Jersey Entrepreneur Turns a Page for Four National Charities
8. FDA Inspects Hoviones Technology Transfer Center in New Jersey
9. New Poll Finds Nearly Seven in 10 New Jersey Voters Support Smoke-Free Casinos
10. Distinctive Art Auction Supports American Red Cross of Central New Jersey
11. Keisha Orr of Edgewater Park, New Jersey is Named Philadelphias 2007 Local Loser
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/2/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... May 02, 2016 , ... ... continuing its traditions of innovation by partnering with college students at University of ... led the CU-Boulder senior level advertising campaigns class in the School of Journalism, ...
(Date:5/2/2016)... ... May 02, 2016 , ... Eating Recovery Center’s Insight Behavioral Health Center ... disorders, has rebranded its eating disorder program under a new name: Eating Recovery Center, ... on May 16. , To celebrate, ERC Chicago will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony ...
(Date:5/2/2016)... ... May 02, 2016 , ... “Engineering Bubbles,” an oil painting submitted ... ARRS Art Forum held recently at the Annual Meeting in Los Angeles. The first ... ARRS members and Annual Meeting attendees. , “Through art I hope to ...
(Date:5/2/2016)... ... May 02, 2016 , ... ... for the 2016 Main Residency Match® (“the Match”), the system through which U.S. ... teaching institutions. A record-high 30,750 positions were placed in the 2016 Match, and ...
(Date:5/2/2016)... ... May 02, 2016 , ... Dr. Philip Shindler, ... with same day treatments. In the past, many necessary dental treatments could require multiple ... with multiple anesthetic shots and extra chair time. Not only could this be inconvenient, ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:4/27/2016)... -- Hologic, Inc. (Nasdaq: HOLX ) announced ... second quarter ended March 26, 2016.  GAAP diluted ... and non-GAAP diluted EPS of $0.47 increased 14.6%.  ... reported basis, and 6.3% on a constant currency ... quarter, highlighted by 14.6% growth in non-GAAP EPS," ...
(Date:4/27/2016)... April 27, 2016   ... Growth in Recurring Consumable Sales  Clinical sales ... Kea Technologies (Euronext: MKEA, OTCQX: MKEAY) inventor of Cellvizio®, ... sales for the first quarter ended March 31, 2016 ... execution of its commercial strategy. First Quarter ...
(Date:4/27/2016)...   Zillion Group today announced the ... which specializes in live video consultation. Turning content, ... Zillion enables companies to realize the true potential ... control of their health. Zillion,s ... one-to-one, group and webcast scheduled or on-demand – ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: