Hospitals Pay $250 Million To Settle Medicare Charges

Hospitals Pay $250 Million To Settle Medicare Charges

The U.S. Department of Justice said Friday that 457 hospitals in 43 states will pay a combined $250 million to settle charges that they violated Medicare requirements, accused of implanting cardioverter defibrillators in patients between 2003 and 2010, before Medicare coverage allowed. Medicare will pay for the devices, but only if doctors wait the recommended 40 days after a patient has had a heart attack and 90 days after a patient has had bypass surgery to do the implant. The waiting periods are to give the heart an opportunity to improve function on its own to the point that an the defibrillator may not be necessary. [11/2/15]

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