Community Health Systems has reached a settlement with the U.S. Justice Department under which the company will pay about $98 million after allegations of improper hospital billing.
The case relates to the company’s hospitals inappropriately admitting emergency room patients who should have been released, the government alleged. It involved patients at 119 CHS hospitals.
Investigations took place at CHS hospitals in Tennessee, Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia.
“The necessary and intended result of CHS’s wrongful conduct has been a massive number of false and/or fraudulent claims by CHS hospitals across the country,” according to allegations made in the case.