8th Circ. Kills Medicare Paybacks For 2 Hospitals

Law360, New York (February 25, 2011, 6:06 PM EST) -- The Eight Circuit on Friday reversed a lower court's decision granting two hospitals Medicare reimbursement for expenses they paid to train medical residents, ruling that their lack of a cost-identifying written agreement was enough to nix repayment.

A three-judge panel in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eight Circuit reversed a December 2009 ruling from the U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota that granted summary judgment to Medcenter One Health Systems and St. Alexius Medical Center.

According to the opinion, the Bismarck,...
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