Medical Center of Central Georgia agrees to settlement with federal government

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The Medical Center of Central Georgia agreed to a $20 million settlement with the federal government to resolve allegations as to how patients admissions were billed to Medicare from January 2004 to August 2008.

According to MCCG, the hospital agreed to settle the case in order to avoid costly and lengthy litigation. It also cooperated fully with the government to resolve the matter.

The federal government claimed the hospital improperly submitted claims to Medicare for short-stay inpatient admissions that should have been billed as outpatient claims. The hospital says at all times the patients received “medically necessary services, and the government did not claim otherwise.”

MCCG also says it will require the hospital to provide its employees with additional compliance training and other measures as part of a Corporate Integrity Agreement with the government’s Office of Inspector General.

“Integrity is a core value at The Medical Center of Central Georgia,” MCCG President and CEO Ninfa Saunders said in a statement. “We take compliance very seriously and continue to strengthen our already strong compliance policies and procedures.”

MCCG says hospitals across the county have had difficulty deciding whether a short hospital stay should be bill to Medicare as an inpatient claim or as an outpatient claim for many years. It adds many hospitals have settled similar cases with the government.

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