Ky. Hospital Pays $16.5M To End False Billing Claims

Law360, Washington (January 29, 2014, 4:37 PM EST) -- A unit of KentuckyOne Health Inc. has agreed to pay $16.5 million to resolve whistleblower claims alleging it billed Medicare and Medicaid for unnecessary heart procedures and violated the Anti-Kickback Statute, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Tuesday.

According to the government's allegations, a number of cardiologists associated with St. Joseph Health System Inc., owner of London, Ky.-based St. Joseph London Hospital, billed the government for numerous invasive cardiac procedures performed between January 2008 and August 2011 on Medicare and Medicaid patients who did not need them, in violation of the False Claims Act.

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