Tuesday, April 3, 2012

In October 2011, Columbia University Medical Center in New York City agreed to pay nearly $1 million to settle allegations brought under the FCA. The government's complaint alleged that a urologic oncologist at Allen Hospital (which is part of New York-Presbyterian Hospital but is on land owned by Columbia University Medical Center) had engaged in improper billing and that Columbia and Presbyterian Hospital failed to stop these practices even after learning of what Columbia described internally as "alarming" compliance issues related to the doctor. In particular, the government alleged that the physician performed noninvasive diagnostic tests that were medically unnecessary and that he billed for more services than possible to perform in a given day. The agreement settled and dismissed the allegations against the physician as well as the two hospital entities; the physician was not required to pay any monies.

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