Banner Health, Phoenix, will pay $6.1 million to settle allegations that its Wyoming facilities submitted Medicare claims for home health services in which the charges or course of therapy were unreasonable or unnecessary, the Justice Department said. The allegations stem from a civil whistleblower lawsuit filed by former Banner employee Debbie Evans, who will receive $1 million of the settlement. Banner said the alleged violations occurred between 1995 and 1999 before the system was formed. Banner spokesman Dan Green said the system did not admit wrongdoing in the settlement and was not required to sign a corporate integrity agreement. "We don't believe that people intentionally violated any laws," Green said. "There were errors of omission." -- by Julie Piotrowski
Banner settles charges over home health billing
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