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Calif. hospital settles False Claims case
Modern Healthcare

St. John’s Health Center, Santa Monica, Calif., agreed to pay $5.25 million to settle False Claims Act allegations that the 228-bed hospital inflated its charges in order to boost its share of Medicare outlier payments. The agreement stipulates that the hospital disputes the government’s contentions, which involve claims submitted from 1996 to 2003, and that the hospital does not admit liability by settling the matter with the U.S. Justice Department. St. John’s Health Center is the sole California member of eight-hospital Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System, based in Lenexa, Kan.

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