Beth Israel Deaconess Settles FCA Claims For $5.3M

Law360, New York (July 30, 2013, 1:21 PM EDT) -- Boston-based teaching hospital Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center agreed to pay $5.3 million to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by falsely billing Medicare for patients who had only been in the hospital one day for observation, federal prosecutors said Monday. 

The center on Monday characterized the matter of how to bill for such patients who are kept overnight as an "extremely technical" issue that has stumped hospitals across the country, but federal prosecutors in Massachusetts said in a statement that such claims...
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