Nebraska hospital pays $677k to settle Medicare fraud allegations: 5 things to know

Hastings, Neb.-based Mary Lanning Hospital agreed to pay a $677,239 settlement after a physician reportedly made false claims to Medicare for more than six years.

Here are five things to know.

1. The false claims were submitted by one of Mary Lanning Hospital's contracted physicians, Daniel Mazour, MD.  He provided care at Mary Lanning's Blue Hill (Neb.) Clinic.

2. Mary Lanning Hospital billed Medicaid and Medicare for Dr. Mazour's services, later discovering he billed the government payers for medically unnecessary services.

3. Dr. Mazour, according to the settlement, falsely billed Medicaid and Medicare from January 2010 to April 2016.

4. Mary Lanning Hospital self-disclosed the false claims after discovering Dr. Mazour billed for medically unnecessary services.

5. The hospital will pay state and federal governments $677,239, consisting of $451,493 in restitution and $225,746 in additional damages.

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