$34 Million Settlement reached in Whistleblower Lawsuit with Fifty-Five Hospitals across Twenty-One States

Settlement Amount: 

A settlement has been reached in a whistleblower class action lawsuit brought against Fifty-five hospitals located throughout twenty-one states. They are accused of submitting false claims to Medicare for kyphoplasty procedures.

The settling facilities, and the amounts they have agreed to pay, include the following: 


• Atrium Medical Center, Middletown, OH, has agreed to pay $4,232,992.50.
• Altru Health System, Grand Forks, ND, has agreed to pay $1,492,690.
• Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA, has agreed to pay $1,485,846.
• Des Peres Hospital, St. Louis, MO, has agreed to pay $900,000.
• Mount Sinai Medical Center, Miami, FL, has agreed to pay $1,846,194.00. 
• New England Baptist Hospital, Boston, MA, has agreed to pay $374,814.48. 
• St. Anne’s Hospital, Fall River, MA, has agreed to pay $552,745.
• The Queen’s Medical Center, Honolulu, HI, has agreed to pay $1,055,249.57.
• Trover Health System, Madisonville, KY, has agreed to pay $1,162,837.
• Wayne Memorial Hospital, Goldsboro, NC, has agreed to pay $1,250,000.  
• Twenty-three hospitals affiliated with HCA Inc., Nashville, TN, have agreed to pay a total of $7,145,842.72.  These include:  Aventura Hospital & Medical Center (Aventura, FL); Capital Regional Medical Center (Tallahassee, FL); Coliseum Medical Center (Macon, GA); Coliseum Northside Hospital (Macon, GA); Conroe Regional Medical Center (Conroe, TX); Denton Regional Medical Center (Denton, TX); Doctors Hospital of Sarasota (Sarasota, FL); Edmond Regional Medical Center (Edmond, OK); Fawcett Memorial Hospital (Port Charlotte, FL); Fort Walton Beach Medical Center (Fort Walton Beach, FL); Garden Park Medical Center (Gulf Port, MS); JFK Medical Center (Atlantis, FL); Los Robles Regional Medical Center (Thousand Oaks, CA); North Florida Regional Medical Center (Gainesville, FL); Northlake Medical Center (Tucker, GA); Oklahoma University Medical Center (Oklahoma City, OK);  Palmyra Medical Center (Albany, GA); Redmond Regional Medical Center (Rome, GA); Southwest Florida Regional Medical Center (Fort Myers, FL); St. Lucie Medical Center (Port Saint Lucie, FL); Summit Medical Center (Hermitage, TN); Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center (Las Vegas, NV); and Wesley Medical Center (Wichita, KS). 
• Six hospitals affiliated with Lifepoint Hospitals, Inc., Brentwood, TN, have agreed to pay a total of $2,522,502.69.  These include:  Andalusia Regional Hospital (Andalusia, AL); Jackson Purchase Medical Center (Mayfield, KY); Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital (Somerset, KY); Minden Medical Center (Minden, LA); Russellville Hospital (Russellville, AL); and Western Plains Medical Complex (Dodge City, KS).      
• Five hospitals affiliated with Trinity Health, Livonia, MI, have agreed to pay a total of $3,910,017.53.  These include:  Mercy Medical Center – Dubuque (Dubuque, IA); Mercy Medical Center - Sioux City (Sioux City, IA); St. Joseph Mercy Hospital (Pontiac, MI); Mercy Health Partners (Muskegon, MI); and Mount Carmel New Albany Surgical Hospital (New Albany, OH).   
• Four hospitals affiliated with Morton Plant Mease BayCare Health System, Clearwater, FL, have agreed to pay a total of $2,378,325.45.  These include:  Morton Plant Hospital (Clearwater, FL); Morton Plant North Bay Hospital (New Port Richey, FL); Mease Dunedin Hospital (Dunedin, FL); and Mease Countryside Hospital (Safety Harbor, FL).     
• Three hospitals affiliated with Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation, Memphis, TN, have agreed to pay a total of $691,168.  These include:  Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle (North Columbus, MS); Baptist Memorial Hospital-Collierville (Collierville, TN); and Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis (Memphis, TN).    
• Two hospitals affiliated with Covenant Health, Knoxville, TN, have agreed to pay a total of $1,845,641.74.  These include Parkwest Medical Center (Knoxville, TN) and Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge (Oak Ridge, TN). 
• Two Hospitals affiliated with Bayhealth Medical Center, Newark, DE, have agreed to pay a total of $1,115,306.37.  These include Bayhealth Kent General Hospital (Dover, DE) and Bayhealth Milford Memorial Hospital (Milford, DE).   

The whistleblowers will receive a total of approximately $5.5 million from the settlements.

The settlements resolve government allegations stemming from a whistleblower lawsuit that alleged that the settling hospitals frequently billed Medicare for kyphoplasty procedures on a more costly inpatient basis, rather than an outpatient basis, in order to increase their Medicare billings.   Kyphoplasty is a minimally-invasive procedure used to treat certain spinal fractures that often are due to osteoporosis.

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