Albert Einstein Healthcare Network, Philadelphia, and its employed physicians will pay nearly $2 million to settle allegations largely related to billing for teaching physicians' services. The settlement is part of a national investigation, Physicians At Teaching Hospital, or PATH, in 1995. The healthcare system allegedly billed for services as if they were provided by teaching physicians but lacked documentation to support those claims. The U.S. attorney's office in Philadelphia also accused the system of submitting claims that were improperly upcoded or included services that were not provided. The allegations stem from a 1995-96 HHS audit. The system settled while denying the allegations. In a written statement, Vice President and General Counsel Mark Lieberman said system officials believe billing and documentation guidelines at the time were unclear but wanted to avoid protracted litigation. "The government's position is if it wasn't documented, it didn't happen," Assistant U.S. Attorney Margaret Hutchinson said. -- by Mark Taylor
Albert Einstein system settles PATH charges for $2 million
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