Maryland ordered McCready Health Services Foundation, Crisfield, Md., to cut its medical rates by $217,000 annually for the next three years, saying the hospital had overcharged patients. In all, the 45-bed hospital must reduce rates by $650,000 over three years to account for $450,000 in overcharges and $200,000 in penalties. Patients who were overcharged will not be reimbursed. The overcharges resulted from a "lack of oversight," said Robert Murray, executive director of Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission, which issued the order. "It wasn't deliberate." The seven-member commission has the option to impose a $340,000 penalty if the hospital does not comply with its order. Meanwhile, McCready President and CEO J. Allan Bickling, M.D., resigned last week citing health reasons. -- by Patrick Reilly
Md. hospital must cut rates to offset overcharges
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