Federal prosecutors say a hospital in North Little Rock will pay $2.7 million to settle claims that it filed improper claims under the Medicare program.
Under an agreement announced Friday, Baptist Health Medical Center-North Little Rock and a sister hospital in Little Rock also agreed to annual claims reviews for the next five years. The review is known as a corporate integrity agreement.
An audit referred to the U.S. Attorney's office claimed the North Little Rock hospital submitted improper "short-stay" claims in 2008 and 2009. HHS said the cases involved inpatient care, including orders for admission without the "proper involvement" of a doctor.