Temple agrees to $100k payout for overbilling U.S. government

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Rikard Larma/Metro. Temple University Hospital.

Temple University has agreed to pay the U.S. government $100,000 as part of a settlement agreement stemming from allegations that Temple physicians overbilled Medicaid and Medicare programs for neurology services, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Physicians in the Temple University School of Medicine’s Department of Neurology allegedly submitted improperly-coded claims for services performed at Temple University, Episcopal, Jeanes and Roxborough Memorial hospitals, as well as Aria Health-Torresdale and the Philadelphia Nursing Home as far back as October 2001. In some cases, proper documentation to support the services doctors performed was lacking, according to investigators.

Authorities said those improper codings caused the federal government to pay out more than was warranted through Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements.

“As we continue to seek to contain healthcare costs, the United States cannot tolerate overbilling to government healthcare programs,” said U.S. Attorney Zane Memeger said in a statement.

“Unfortunately, this type of fraud and waste is a serious problem facing our healthcare system. To help ensure the continued viability of these critical healthcare programs for our citizens, we must be vigilant about preventing these financial drains on the system.”

The payout is part of an settlement reached Feb. 22 between Temple University and the federal government. Temple has also agreed to pay an additional $50,000 in attorney’s fees.



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