Durant Medical Center Of Southeastern Oklahoma to Pay $1.5 Million To Resolve False Claims Act Lawsuit
Muskogee, Oklahoma - The Medical Center of Southeastern Oklahoma, located in Durant, Oklahoma, and its parent, Health Management Associates, Inc., have agreed to pay $1,065,000 to the United States and $435,000.00 to the State of Oklahoma to resolve allegations that the hospital billed SoonerCare, the Oklahoma Medicaid Program, for surgical procedures performed by Dr. Daniel Castro, and related hospital services, that were not medically necessary, the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced today. The settlement also resolves claims that the hospital billed for services related to surgical procedures that Castro did not perform. In January of this year, HMA was acquired by Community Health Systems, a nationwide acute care hospital chain. MCSO is an acute care hospital in Durant, Oklahoma, and Dr. Castro is an otolaryngologist who practiced at MCSO from 2005 to 2010.
- Date:April 18, 2014
- Agency:U.S. Attorney
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