The Justice Department filed separate civil complaints against 870-bed Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and 484-bed Loma Linda University Medical Center, both in Los Angeles, and 303-bed St. Louis University Hospital and 898-bed Barnes-Jewish Hospital, both in St. Louis. The complaints accuse the hospitals of billing Medicare for procedures involving experimental cardiac devices between 1987 to 1995, a formerly illegal practice under now-defunct Medicare law. The complaints stem from a whistleblower lawsuit filed by a former medical device salesman alleging similar violations by more than 100 hospitals nationwide. The government so far has collected $40 million in settlements with 29 hospitals and continues to pursue additional claims. -- by Julie Piotrowski
Four hospitals charged in cardiac device probe
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