SC hospital found guilty of $39M in false claims

SC hospital found guilty of $39M in false claims

SC hospital found guilty of $39M in false claims

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by Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on May 9, 2013 at 10:34 AM

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- A South Carolina hospital has been found guilty of collecting millions of dollars in false Medicare claims.
 
The Item of Sumter reports (http://bit.ly/10urxfq) a federal jury found Wednesday that Tuomey Healthcare System signed doctors to part-time contracts to ensure that they would get referral fees associated with those physicians' procedures.
 
Prosecutors said Tuomey collected $39 million in fraudulent Medicare claims. A judge has ordered both sides to discuss any additional damages.
 
Tuomey's lawyers argued the contracts were part of the hospital's effort to provide services to a medically underserved community.
 
In 2010, a jury rejected prosecutors' argument Tuomey jacked up profits by submitting fraudulent claims but ruled the hospital did break the law by its doctor agreements.
 
A judge later ordered a new trial but let the referral ruling stand.
 

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