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August 3, 2018

Posted  August 3, 2018

Prime Healthcare Services and related entities, as well as its CEO Dr. Prem Reddy, will pay $65 million to settle two Medicare fraud allegations. First, Prime and Dr. Reddy allegedly engaged in a centralized scheme to boost inpatient admissions of patients who had no medical need to be admitted. Second, they allegedly falsely upcoded patients’ diagnoses in order to increase reimbursements. Whistleblower Karin Berntsen, who initiated the lawsuit, will receive over $17 million of the settlement. DOJ; CDCA

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