HCA in tentative pact to end decade-long probe HCA, Nashville, formally announced it has reached a tentative settlement with the U.S. Justice Department, agreeing to pay $898.5 million to end the largest, costliest and longest-running Medicare fraud investigation in the nation's history. News of the settlement was reported first at modernhealthcare.com early yesterday evening. The settlement will resolve Medicare's outstanding disputes with HCA, including civil whistleblower lawsuits dating back to 1993 that accuse the company of falsifying Medicare cost reports, paying kickbacks to physicians for patient referrals and submitting fraudulent bills for wound care. Some $631 million of the settlement resolves the civil claims of Medicare fraud and an additional $17.5 million resolves related allegations of Medicaid fraud. The remaining $250 million is part of an earlier agreement resolving discrepancies in the company's cost reports unrelated to fraud. Read more on this story at www.modernhealthcare.com -- by Mark Taylor
HCA in tentative pact to end decade-long probe
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