Georgia hospital to pay $20M to settle Medicare billing dispute

The Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon has agreed to pay the federal government $20 million to settle overbilling allegations.

The government claimed MCCG improperly submitted claims to Medicare for short-stay inpatient admissions that should have been billed as less-costly outpatient cases. The alleged overbilling occurred from January 2004 to August 2008.

In addition to the monetary settlement, MCCG also entered into a corporate integrity agreement with HHS' Office of Inspector General.

"Integrity is a core value at The Medical Center of Central Georgia," said Ninfa M. Saunders, DHA, president and CEO of MCCG. "We take compliance very seriously and continue to strengthen our already strong compliance policies and procedures."

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