Montefiore Medical Center, New York, has agreed to remit $12 million in overpayments and interest to settle a False Claims Act whistleblower lawsuit. The lawsuit charged that the hospital knowingly retained overpayments in connection with graduate medical education expenses on two separate occasions in 1988 and 1990. Montefiore settled the case without admitting wrongdoing or liability. The whistleblower, Benjamin Climaco, who worked as associate director for reimbursement at the hospital from 1989 to 2000, will receive 15% to 25% of the settlement, said his attorney, Kenneth Nolan of Fort Lauderdale. A Montefiore spokeswoman said that in one of the cases the hospital wrote to the fiscal intermediary and inquired about the overpayment. "The medical center is pleased that what are essentially two complicated bookkeeping errors have been corrected," the spokeswoman said. -- by Cinda Becker
N.Y. hospital settles fraud case for $12 million
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