Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington said late last month that it had reached a settlement with HHS' inspector general's office over alleged false-billing practices.
According to the settlement, a billing audit of the medical center found that the hospital had improperly collected $1.6 million in excessive Medicare reimbursement between 1986 and 1991.
Under the settlement, in which the hospital admitted no wrongdoing, Georgetown agreed to pay the federal government $800,000 in interest and audit charges.
The hospital also agreed to make changes in its billing and collections systems to avoid excessive collections in the future.
In 1991, Georgetown received $85 million in Medicare reimbursements, which represented 27% of its total revenues.