Employee Says Fla. Hospital Defrauded Medicare, Medicaid

Law360, New York (April 12, 2012, 8:11 PM EDT) -- An employee whistleblower suit unveiled in Florida federal court on Wednesday accuses Lakeland Regional Medical Center Inc. of knowingly submitting phony Medicare and Medicaid claims for neurosurgery, mental health and other services, in violation of the False Claims Act.

The qui tam suit, launched by Lakeland employee Bonnie Alvord in 2010, claims the hospital submitted hundreds of false Medicare and Medicaid claims by overcharging for services or by charging for services that were never performed, among other actions.

Alvord claims that when she brought the false...
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