Cincinnati’s Christ Hospital Enters Corporate Integrity Agreement to Keep Medicare Status

Christ Hospital in Cincinnati entered a corporate integrity agreement that removes the threat of being excluded from Medicare or Medicaid payments, but requires five years of government oversight, according to a Cincinnati Business Courier report.

The corporate integrity agreement requires the hospital implement compliance measures, hire an outside reviewer of financial relationships with physicians, and cooperate with the Office of Inspector General’s monitoring.

In May, the hospital refused to sign the agreement, calling it costly, burdensome and unnecessary. As a result, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services threatened to cut the hospital’s Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement.

The agreement is the result of a federal whistleblower case that alleged Christ Hospital improperly rewarded cardiologists for patient referrals from 1999 to 2004. Christ Hospital and Health Alliance, it’s former parent, paid a total of $108 million to settle the suit.

Read the Cincinnati Business Courier report on Christ Hospital’s corporate integrity agreement.

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