Lahey Clinic Hospital, Burlington, Mass., and the University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center, Worcester, have been charged with improperly billing Medicare for outpatient laboratory services. Civil suits filed by U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan in Boston seek $311,000 from Lahey and $125,000 from the University of Massachusetts. The hospitals allegedly billed for unnecessary hematology indices calculations and failed to bundle blood tests performed for the same patient on the same day. The suits stem from an investigation that resulted in a settlement with eight other Massachusetts hospitals for similar practices in August 2000, the U.S. attorney's office said. Separately, two Los Angeles-area brothers were indicted on federal charges for allegedly submitting $400,000 in fraudulent bills from their pharmacies to Medi-Cal, California's Medicaid program, and the military's Tricare program. -- by Mary Chris Jaklevic
Lahey Clinic, teaching hospital charged with fraud
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