Bryan Cohen Aug. 22, 2013, 6:33pm

BALTIMORE (Legal Newsline) - Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler announced on Wednesday that Maryland joined with the federal government to enter into a settlement with Maryland General Hospital to resolve allegations of improper billing.

Maryland General Hospital, which is part of the University of Maryland Medical Systems Corporation, allegedly billed improperly for certain cardiovascular tests and failed to return the money after finding out about the improper payments.

Under the terms of the settlement, the hospital will pay $750,000, $105,600 of which will go to the Maryland Medicaid program. The settlement money paid toward Maryland Medicaid will be shared with the federal government in proportion to its Medicaid funding.

"Marylanders expect hospitals to provide sound medical care, ensure accurate financial operations and have in place an efficient management structure that takes swift action to correct problems," Gansler said. "The money received from this settlement will be returned to Maryland Medicaid and the other government-funded health care programs from which the funds were improperly taken."

The settlement resolves allegations that Medicaid General Hospital double billed for cardiac perfusion studies and failed to refund the overpayments to Medicaid, Medicare and other government-funded healthcare programs after learning of the double billing.

The agreement resulted from an inquiry by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Maryland, the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Justice Department's Civil Division.


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