Navigation Links
Parent Company of Two New Jersey Hospitals to Pay U.S. $7.95 Million to Settle False Claims Act Allegations
Date:12/15/2009

WASHINGTON, Dec. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Our Lady of Lourdes Health Care Services Inc., the parent company of two New Jersey hospitals, has agreed to pay the United States $7.95 million to resolve allegations that the hospitals defrauded Medicare, the Justice Department announced today. The two hospitals are Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center (OLL) in Camden, N.J., and Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County (LMC) in Willingboro, N.J.

LMC is a defendant in a suit brought by a whistleblower, Tony Kite, in 2005. The lawsuit alleged that the hospital fraudulently inflated its charges to Medicare patients to obtain enhanced reimbursement from Medicare. In addition to its standard payment system, Medicare provides supplemental reimbursement, called "outlier payments," to hospitals and other health care providers in cases where the cost of care is unusually high. Congress enacted the supplemental outlier payments system to give hospitals the incentive to treat inpatients whose care requires unusually high costs. The lawsuit alleged that the hospital inflated its charges to obtain supplemental outlier payments for cases that were not extraordinarily costly and for which outlier payments should not have been paid.

The United States conducted a separate investigation of OLL. The government alleged, as a result of that investigation, that the hospital also wrongfully obtained excessive outlier payments.

"As the settlement announced today demonstrates, the Department of Justice is committed to pursuing those who defraud Medicare and drive up the costs of health care," said Assistant Attorney General Tony West, head of the Civil Division of the Department of Justice. Assistant Attorney General West noted that this settlement was the result of the coordinated efforts of the Justice Department's Civil Division, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of New Jersey, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

"This office is committed to protecting the Medicare Trust Fund from fraud and abuse," said Paul J. Fishman, U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey.

Mr. Kite brought his suit under the qui tam or whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act, which permit private citizens with knowledge of fraud against the government to bring a lawsuit on behalf of the United States and to share in any recovery. Under the civil settlement announced today, Mr. Kite will receive $356,000, plus interest, out of the Our Lady of Lourdes Health Care Services settlement.

SOURCE U.S. Department of Justice


'/>"/>
SOURCE U.S. Department of Justice
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Survival differences by race most apparent in advanced stages of breast cancer
2. Informational handout key to giving parents a better understanding of CT radiation risks
3. Many Parents Share Genetic Test Findings With Kids
4. Giving CPR Kits to Kids Nudges Parents to Learn
5. Psoriasis Cure Now offers Back to School Resources for Parents of Children with Psoriasis
6. Adult offspring of parents with PTSD have lower cortisol levels
7. Parents perceptions can hamper kids asthma care, study finds
8. Parental Involvement Key to Battling Bulima
9. Parental Involvement Key to Battling Bulimia
10. Parents Worries Hamper Kids Asthma Treatment
11. Parents PTSD May Boost Stress in Offspring
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:1/24/2017)... , ... January 24, 2017 , ... ... (AMIA) commended the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) for developing a data access ... PCORI consider requiring a preliminary data sharing plan as part of award applications, ...
(Date:1/24/2017)... ... January 24, 2017 , ... ... offering, Processing Assurance Control Equipment (PACE), at the International Production and Processing Expo ... booth will highlight the new technology that is used in poultry processing facilities ...
(Date:1/24/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Learn to use popular brainwave and heart rhythm equipment to ... offered by Dr. Carol Francis at PVNET on Sundays in February and March and ... experiences. , Dr. Carol Francis shows business owners, parents, athletes, students and ...
(Date:1/24/2017)... ... January 24, 2017 , ... ... that it has officially formed a distribution partnership with Byers Scientific & ... odor management industry. , Through the agreement, OMI Industries formulated a special version ...
(Date:1/24/2017)... ... January 24, 2017 , ... This Saturday, January 28, the ... a very special performance by Alabama Symphony Orchestra musicians Yifan Zhou, Mara McClain & ... as dim sum, and exhibitors offer a look at Chinese games, crafts & more. ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:1/24/2017)... , January 24, 2017 For today, ... GENE ), Alder Biopharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: ... ), and Egalet Corp. (NASDAQ: EGLT ). These ... lower on Monday, January 23 rd , 2017, with the ... health care companies in the S&P 500 also were down ...
(Date:1/24/2017)... 23, 2017 Optoelectronic components have the ... The interaction of these components with light makes ... range of applications. These components are primarily used ... and healthcare among others. Growing application ... low power consumption, reliability, scalability, and performance is ...
(Date:1/24/2017)... 2017 Laboratory Markets Limited has completed a ... spectrometry in both clinical and research laboratory settings. This ... size of $6.8 billion and growing to $9.2 billion ... the use of mass spectrometry across more than 5,200 ... investigated growth in the use of mass spectrometry in ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: