Epic's Software Double-Bills Gov't For Anesthesia: FCA Suit

Law360, Nashville (November 2, 2017, 9:44 PM EDT) -- Health software company Epic Systems' software wrongly defaults to double-billing for anesthesia services, resulting in the government being overbilled by hundreds of millions of dollars, a relator claimed in a Florida federal False Claims Act case made public Thursday.

Epic Systems Corp.'s billing software, used by hundreds of hospitals in the United States, defaults to charging for both the applicable "base units" for anesthesia provided on a procedure, as well as the actual time taken for the procedure, resulting in payors being overcharged for anesthesia, relator Geraldine Petrowski said in an amended complaint in June that was unsealed Thursday. It was...

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