RI Hospital Puts Up $5M To End False Claims Allegations

Law360, Washington (February 13, 2012, 5:46 PM EST) -- Rhode Island Hospital will pay $5.3 million to resolve allegations that it submitted false claims to Medicare and Medicaid for inpatient treatments, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Monday.

The hospital treated about 260 patients with stereotactic radiosurgery, more commonly referred to as gamma knife treatment, from 2004 to 2009 and charged Medicare and Medicaid for overnight stays even though they were not medically necessary, the DOJ alleges.

Rhode Island Hospital claims Medicaid preauthorized gamma knife procedures as inpatient treatments for over a decade, and that...
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