Fourteen Hospitals Settle for $12 Million in False Claims
Written By: Rheingold, Valet, Rheingold, Ruffo & Giuffra LLP
Thanks to two brave whistleblowers, fourteen hospitals in seven states are settling to pay more than $12 million to allegations that they falsified Medicare claims, according to the US Justice Department. The settlement determined that the hospitals were overcharging Medicare over an eight year period for the cost of kyphoplasty procedures, which treat spinal fractures due to osteoporosis.
According to the Assistant Attorney General, the recovered taxpayer dollars lost to improper billing will go on to support the much needed public health care programs. The two former employees who acted as whistleblowers will go on to collect $2.1 million from the settlements as per The US False Claims Act, which allows whistleblowers to sue on behalf of the government and to share in any recovery.