Mount Sinai Medical Center, Miami Beach, Fla., will pay nearly $3.5 million to settle allegations that it failed to report to Medicare the rebates and credits received from a cancer-care firm contracted to provide outpatient cancer therapies. The government said the rebates and credits should have been included on the 685-bed hospital's Medicare cost reports from 1996 to 2001, offsetting some of the management fees paid to the company, Comprehensive Cancer Centers. Mount Sinai also signed a five-year corporate integrity agreement with HHS' inspector general's office. The agreement requires the hospital to use an independent organization to review billing, compliance and claims. In a news release, the U.S. attorney's office in Miami said the settlement covers what the hospital owed Medicare and a penalty. A Mount Sinai spokesman said the hospital did not admit wrongdoing in the settlement. "We're pleased to put this behind us and move forward," the spokesman said. -- by Mark Taylor
Fla. hospital to pay $3.5 million in cost-reporting case
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