Baptist Hospital of Cocke County, Newport, Tenn., has paid $446,384 to settle allegations of Medicare billing fraud with HHS' inspector general's office. The 109-bed hospital is a member of Baptist Health System of Tennessee. It is the 18th hospital to settle charges in a 4-year-old federal investigation that has accused 100 hospitals of deliberately upcoding pneumonia diagnoses to receive higher reimbursement.
Four hospitals and a physician paid a total of $70,000 in March and April to settle allegations of patient dumping with HHS' inspector general's office. The providers and settlement amounts are: 104-bed Arrowhead Community Hospital and Medical Center, Glendale, Ariz., $20,000; 49-bed Cooper County Memorial Hospital, Boonville, Mo., $5,000; 35-bed Providence Newberg (Ore.) Hospital, $5,000; 669-bed UMass Memorial Health Care, Worcester, Mass., $20,000; and Kenneth Wu, M.D., Allegany, N.Y., $20,000. All settled without admitting guilt.
Mylan Laboratories, Pittsburgh, reportedly has offered $147 million to resolve federal, state and private antitrust charges of monopolizing the market for two generic anti-anxiety drugs and fixing prices. Thirty-three states joined the federal lawsuit, filed against Mylan and three other companies in December 1998. Richard Parker, director of the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Competition, confirmed a settlement offer is pending. In a press release Mylan said it will distribute $100 million to states to refund to customers, $35 million to indirect private drug purchasers and $12 million to the government for reimbursement of legal costs.