LifePoint Hospitals to Pay $1M Settlement for Alleged Medicare Overbilling

Brentwood, Tenn.-based LifePoint Hospitals has agreed to pay a settlement of approximately $1 million to resolve allegations of false Medicare billing at Jackson Purchase Medical Center in Mayfield, Ky., according to a Tennessean report.

The alleged overbilling occurred from 2004-2010. The U.S. Attorney's office said it came to light after a beneficiary reported to Medicare that she had been billed for inpatient treatment rather than outpatient care, which is what she received.

LifePoint officials say the settlement is the result of a billing mistake that occurred at one of its 50 hospitals. The system says it is enhancing its compliance program, and will sign a five-year corporate integrity agreement with the federal government as part of its settlement.

Read the Tennessean report on LifePoint Hospitals.

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