Hospitals in New York and South Dakota paid a combined $11.1 million to settle civil lawsuits filed under the False Claims Act. Both hospitals denied legal wrongdoing in the settlements.
The U.S. attorney in Sioux Falls, S.D., has announced that 358-bed Rapid City (S.D.) Regional Hospital will pay $6 million to settle civil allegations that the hospital paid referrals to oncologists with whom it had improper financial relationships.
Meanwhile, Columbia University has agreed to pay $5.1 million to settle civil allegations that it illegally billed New York's Medicaid program from 1990 to 2001 for services provided by staff doctors at its Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center when those services were actually performed by nurse midwives and medical residents, according to the U.S. attorney in New York.
Both settlements were signed late last week.
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