Improperly billed claims paid by Medicaid payments has resulted in a $60 million settlement by CoxHealth. This settlement resulted from allegations that beginning as far back as January 1996, CoxHealth allegedly entered into prohibited financial agreements that violated Medicare cost report requirements, Stark Laws and the Anti-Kickback Statute. John F. Wood, the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri who brought the case said, “Our priority is protecting the patients. These laws are intended to ensure that physicians make referrals to health care facilities based on the best interest of their patients without being induced by payments from hospitals competing for their business. These laws also protect the integrity of the government-funded health care benefit programs.” These laws are in place to make sure that patient care is not compromised and that the best interest of the patient is paramount.
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