RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- A Raleigh-based hospital system will pay $8 million to settle an investigation of its Medicare billing practices.

Officials had been investigating cases where WakeMed billed for overnight stays for patients who were treated and released the same day. The cases in question involved the hospital's Heart Center Observation Area.

Federal court documents show that hospital nurses routinely ignored doctors' orders for classifying patients. That resulted in the hospital receiving millions of Medicare dollars for outpatients who were misclassified as inpatients.

Investigators say there was no evidence that individuals benefited from the improper classification and payments.

WakeMed officials say no one was fired or disciplined because of the investigation.

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