Hospitalist Firm to Pay $14.5M for Allegedly Inflated Medicare Claims

Tacoma, Wash.-based Sound Inpatient Physicians will pay $14.5 million to resolve allegations it overbilled Medicare and other federal health programs. The settlement resolves allegations that the firm knowingly submitted inflated claims to federal health programs between 2004 and 2012.

Sound Physicians employs more than 700 hospitalists and post-acute physicians who provide services at 70 hospitals and numerous post-acute facilities in 22 states, according to the report.

The case stems from a whistleblower lawsuit filed by a former Sound Physicians employee, who will receive $2.7 million of the settlement.

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