HHS has launched an investigation into certain Medicare claims payments made to medical-technology supplier Hill-Rom, a division of Hillenbrand Industries, according to a document filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Hill-Rom, Batesville, Ind., received a subpoena on Feb. 8 from the U.S. attorneys office in Tennessee, which requested copies of payment claims submitted to the CMS between 1999 and the present. The claims involve certain durable medical equipment, including specialized support beds, according to the SEC filing.
A Hill-Rom spokeswoman confirmed the investigation concerns billing made directly to CMS for equipment sold to home-bound patients.
In 2006, Hill-Rom agreed to pay $337.5 million to settle a hospital class-action antitrust suit that accused the company of illegally setting prices for certain hospital beds.
Hill-Rom is cooperating with the investigation, and no charges or claims have been filed against the company to date, according to the filing. -- by Shawn Rhea
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