JFK Medical Center is among 23 HCA hospitals paying a $7 million penalty to the U.S. Department of Justice for allegedly overbilling Medicare for a spine procedure, lawyers for the government announced Tuesday.
A total of 55 hospitals in 21 states agreed to pay settlements worth $34 million for classifying a spinal cement procedure called kyphoplasty as an inpatient rather than outpatient procedure. The Justice Department Tuesday accused them of inappropriately attempting to maximize their Medicare billings.
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