HCA Faces False Claims Suit Over 'Fraudulent' Billing

Law360, New York (July 19, 2013, 6:46 PM EDT) -- A whistleblower suit unsealed Friday alleges a Florida hospital owned by Hospital Corp. of America Holdings Inc. falsified records to dupe Medicare and Medicaid into covering unsafe, sometimes fatal, procedures that were ineligible for reimbursement because they violated federal rules.

Northside Hospital in St. Petersburg fraudulently claimed that procedures performed by unsupervised medical interns and resident physicians had in fact been overseen by its medical staff and submitted other bogus claims to illegitimately extract payment from federal health care programs, the qui tam suit alleges....
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