A contractor is claiming District of Columbia officials hid $200 million in Medicare and Medicaid payments to the former D.C. General Hospital and as a result cheated the firm out of $20 million. The city's only public, acute-care hospital shut down inpatient services more than a year ago. In a lawsuit filed in Superior Court in Washington, the contractor, Davis & Associates, Lanham, Md., charges that the city intentionally diverted the revenue. Davis & Associates was hired in April 2000 to review the hospital's Medicare and Medicaid cost reports for fiscal 1999. In return, the firm said, the city promised it 10% of revenue recovered. The company is asking for $25 million in punitive damages as well as the $20 million it says it is owed. D.C. officials were not available for comment at deadline. -- by Susanna Duff
Consultant accuses D.C. of hiding hospital revenue
Send us a letter
Have an opinion about this story? Click here to submit a Letter to the Editor, and we may publish it in print.