Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, will pay $16.8 million to settle allegations that the hospital and its outpatient clinics double-billed Florida's Medicaid program from 1996 to 2001. The 1,789-bed public hospital signed a five-year corporate integrity agreement as part of the settlement. The case stems from a civil whistleblower lawsuit filed in 2000 by a former employee of the state Medicaid program, Edward Turner, who alleged that bills from the hospital and its outpatient clinics often involved the same covered services delivered to the same beneficiaries on the same dates. The U.S. attorney's office in Miami said its investigation substantiated the claim. Jackson Memorial denied wrongdoing, saying that the state health department historically reimbursed the hospital for both facility and physician fees. -- by Mark Taylor
Miami hospital settles claims of double billing
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