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St. Joseph To Pay $4.9 M for Medically Unneccessary Hospital Admissions

The United States Attorney's Office for the District of Maryland announced the settlement with the Towson hospital Thursday.

St. Joseph Medical Center reached a settlement with the United States to pay $4.9 million after the Towson hospital submitted false claims to Medicare, Medicaid and other federal healthcare programs, the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Maryland announced on Thursday.

The hospital acknowledged that from 2007 to 2009, it admitted patients unneccessarily, particulary for short stays that were not warranted by the patients' condition, according to a news release. The admissions generated St. Joseph a larger reimbursement than was proper.

The agreement calls for $4.75 million of the settlement to be paid to the United States, and $152,406 for Maryland.

"Medical providers drain the resources of federal and state health care programs when they bill the government for unneeded medical procedures," United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein said in the release.




Needaname February 07, 2013 at 11:50 PM
What about the patients who paid a Hospital Admission Co-pay ? All of my hospital testing - some performed 4X yearly have double in the last 12 months. I am now charged an additional fee just to submit the testing to Medicare. I do not know WHO is going benefit from these increases. If the middle income/retired folks cannot these charges how will the poor ?
Raina February 07, 2013 at 11:58 PM
It's ashame that you can have horrible surgery and can't stay overnight, thanks for ruining it for those who really need to stay!!!!
M. Sullivan February 08, 2013 at 02:32 PM
A lot of larceny for a Catholic based institution. Maybe they needed to send extra money to the Vatican to cover lawsuits.
Ginny Gullett-Tawes February 08, 2013 at 09:38 PM
So, was it a sudden conspiracy by all 100 admitting docs to admit people into St. Joseph who didnt need to be there? Why would they care if St. Joes had higher admissions? Or is this the average number of unnecessary admissions that might be found in any given time period in any hospital? My guess is the latter. Poor St. Joes.

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