Simi Valley Hospital Settles Medicare Fraud Lawsuit, Agrees to Pay $5.15M

Simi Valley (Calif.) Hospital has agreed to pay the U.S. government $5.15 million in order to settle allegations that the hospital filed fraudulent claims to Medicare, according to a Pacific Coast Business Times news report.

The whistleblower lawsuit, filed by a former hospital employee, accused the hospital of fraudulently billing Medicare and Medi-Cal between 1991-1997 for psychiatric services rendered to ineligible patients. Simi Valley also allegedly paid a medical director $12,000 each month to work on a nonexistent program, according to the report. Details on what the program was or aimed to achieve were not included in the report.

In settling the lawsuit, Simi Valley has not admitted to any wrongdoing.

Read the Pacific Coast Business Times news report about the Simi Valley Hospital settlement.

Read other coverage about hospital fraud:

- Former President and CEO of Georgia's Archbold Medical Center Indicted on Six Counts of Medicaid Fraud

- Federal Court Denies South Carolina's Tuomey Hospital's Appeal in Medicare Fraud Case

- Ohio's Marion General Pay $1.2 M to Settle Stark Violations

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