Saint Joseph London Hospital to Pay $16.5 Million to Settle False Claims Act Allegations of Unnecessary Heart Procedures
London, KY - Saint Joseph Health System, Inc., d/b/a Saint Joseph London Hospital ("Saint Joseph") has agreed to pay the U.S. Government $16.5 million to resolve civil allegations that it submitted false or fraudulent claims to the Medicare and Kentucky Medicaid programs for a variety of medically unnecessary heart procedures. According to the settlement agreement, the U.S. Government contends that from January 1, 2008 until August 31, 2011, several doctors working at the hospital performed numerous invasive cardiac procedures on Medicare and Medicaid patients who did not need them. The hospital then billed the federal programs for these unnecessary procedures, which include coronary stents, pacemakers, coronary artery bypass graft surgeries ("CABGS"), and diagnostic catheterizations.
- Date:January 28, 2014
- Agency:U.S. Attorney
- Criminal and Civil Actions