• Ohio Hospital and Physician Group to Pay $4.4 Million to Resolve False Claims Act Allegations
  • January 28, 2013 | Author: Lynn M. Barrett
  • Law Firm: Jones Walker LLP - Miami Office
  • According to a Department of Justice ("DOJ") press release, dated January 4, 2013, an Elyria, Ohio, hospital and a physician group agreed to pay a total of $4.4 million to the United States to settle allegations that they submitted false claims to Medicare and performed unnecessary cardiac procedures on Medicare patients. The hospital, EMH Regional Medical Center ("EMH"), agreed to pay $3,863,857, while the physician group, North Ohio Heart Center Inc. ("NOHC") agreed to pay $541,870. The press release indicated that the United States alleged that, between 2001 and 2006, "EMH and NOHC performed angioplasty and stent placement procedures on patients who had heart disease but whose blood vessels were not sufficiently occluded to require the particular procedures at issue." The press release also indicated that "the claims resolved by this settlement are allegations only, and there has been no determination of liability."