Temple University Agrees To Pay $100,000 To Resolve Overbilling
PHILADELPHIA- Temple University has agreed to a $100,000 settlement to resolve allegations arising from overbilling for neurology services. The settlement agreement, which was reached on February 22, 2013, was announced by United States Attorney Zane David Memeger. The overbilling to Medicaid and Medicare programs arose from services rendered at Temple University's own facilities as well as services rendered at Frankford Hospital by Temple physicians. Temple University submitted claims for medical services that were improperly coded higher than the appropriate codes that were supported by the documentation for those services. Upon review of the documentation underlying these claims, Temple University agreed that the coding was not accurate and thus, that the government paid more than it should have for the services Temple University physicians provided. Under the parties' settlement agreement, Temple University will pay $100,000.00 to the United States.
“As we continue to seek to contain healthcare costs, the United States cannot tolerate overbilling to government healthcare programs,” said Memeger. “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.”
This resolution was handled by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Veronica J. Finkelstein and Susan R. Becker.
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