St. Louis University will pay $1.8 million to settle civil charges that work performed by interns and residents at two St. Louis hospitals was falsely billed as if performed by surgeons and anesthesiologists from 1994 to 2001. The allegations originated in lawsuits filed by physicians under the federal False Claims Act. The university said it worked closely with the government to resolve the matter and did not admit liability for billing errors. "Based on the findings -- including a relatively low billing error rate for the years under the study -- the government did not deem it necessary to require that the university enter into a corporate integrity agreement," university officials said in a written statement. Earlier this week, Columbia University in New York agreed to pay $480,000 to settle false-billing allegations against its physicians. -- by Mark Taylor
St. Louis University settles false-billing charges
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