Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton, a New Jersey-based hospital, has agreed to pay $6.35 million to settle allegations that the hospital defrauded Medicare, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) announced March 19, 2010. Two lawsuits filed against the Hamilton, N.J., facility alleged that the hospital fraudulently inflated its charges to Medicare patients to obtain larger reimbursements from the federal health care program.
The two lawsuits were brought under the qui tam, or whistleblower, provisions of the False Claims Act. They alleged that the hospital inflated its charges to obtain supplemental outlier payments for cases that were not extraordinarily costly and for which outlier payments should not have been paid, according to the DOJ.
For the full release click here. For more information about qui tam law and Medicare fraud, contact Nolan and Auerbach, PA.