Fourteen Hospitals Charged More Than $12 Million in Overcharging Medicare for Kyphoplasty

Between 2000 and 2008, fourteen hospitals located in New York, Mississippi, North Carolina, Washington, Indiana, Missouri and Florida were overcharging Medicare when performing kyphoplasty, a procedure that is used to treat certain spinal fractures.  The hospitals agreed to pay the government over $12 million to settle the allegations.  To date, the Justice Department has reached settlements with over 40 hospitals totaling over $39 million to resolve false claims act allegations related to kyphoplasty claims submitted to Medicare.

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