Hospital corporation Banner Health pays $18 million in fraud settlement

On April 12, the Department of Justice announced that Banner Health had agreed to pay $18 million to settle civil allegations, originally brought by a whistleblower, that the company’s Arizona and Colorado hospitals submitted false claims for unnecessary inpatient admissions. According to DOJ’s press release: Banner Health has agreed to pay the United States over $18 million to settle allegations that 12 of its hospitals in Arizona and Colorado knowingly submitted false claims to Medicare by admitting patients who could have been treated on a less costly outpatient basis, the Justice Department announced today.  Headquartered in Arizona, Banner Health owns and operates 28 acute-care hospitals in multiple states. *   *   * The settlement resolves allegations that 12 Banner Health hospitals knowingly overcharged Medicare patients unnecessarily.  In particular, the United States alleged that from Nov. 1, 2007 through Dec. 31, 2016, Banner…

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