Hospital Chain Paying $16-Million To Settle Kickback Case
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Los Angeles, CA -
(AP) A Los Angeles-based hospital chain charged with Medicare and Medi-Cal fraud has agreed to pay $16 million to settle a criminal kickback case.
Pacific Health Corp. hospitals were charged paying recruiters to find homeless patients who would receive unnecessary services that were billed to Medicare and Medi-Cal.
Federal prosecutors say criminal conspiracy charges filed Thursday will be dropped if Pacific Health pays $16.5 million by March 2017 and meets other conditions.
Pacific Health provided payroll services to three hospitals that allegedly paid more than $2 million in kickbacks to two patient recruiters and submitted $16 million in improper Medicare and Medi-Cal claims during a six-year period ending in 2008.
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