Seven Hospitals in Six States to Pay U.S. More Than $6.3 Million to Resolve False Claims Act Allegations Related to Kyphoplasty

Seven hospitals in Florida, Mississippi, Texas, South Carolina, North Carolina and Alabama have agreed to pay the United States a total of more than $6.3 million to settle allegations under the False Claims Act. Between 2000 and 2008 these hospitals performed kyphoplasty, a minimally invasive treatment for certain spinal fractures that is often performed on an outpatient basis. The government alleged that these hospitals performed kyphoplasty on an in-patient basis in order to increase their Medicare billings.

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