Adventist Health Settles Whistleblowers' ER Billing Claims

Law360, New York (December 18, 2013, 3:31 PM EST) -- Hospital owner Adventist Health System/Sunbelt Inc. on Wednesday settled a whistleblower False Claims Act suit alleging the company had fraudulently overbilled Medicare, Medicaid and Tricare for emergency department services.

Marlan B. Wilbanks of Wilbanks & Bridges LLP, an attorney for relator Amanda Dittman, said details of the settlement hadn't yet been announced. Dittman, a former bill-coding and reimbursement compliance officer at Adventist, and doctor Charlotte Elenberger, who formerly had staff privileges at Adventist’s Orlando, Fla.-based Florida Hospital, accuse the nonprofit health care organization of improperly overcharging...
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