Ga. hospital settles fraud suit. A Georgia hospital has agreed to pay $6.4 million to settle a civil whistleblower fraud lawsuit that said it overbilled Medicare for home health services. From 1994 to 2000, 338-bed Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville allegedly billed Medicare for unnecessary services, sometimes for patients who were not home-bound. The hospital used its home health agency, Hand In Hand Home Health, to bill for the services. Hand In Hand was sold in October 2000. The hospital was required to sign a five-year corporate integrity agreement. It settled without admitting wrongdoing.
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