1. Medical Center of Central Georgia pays $20M to settle improper Medicare billing allegations

    Medical Center of Central Georgia pays $20M to settle improper Medicare billing allegations

    The Medical Center of Central Georgia will pay $20 million to settle allegations it billed Medicare for more expensive inpatient services as less costly outpatient or observation services.

    The U.S. Attorney’s Office said Monday the settlement ends the federal government’s investigation into the Macon, Ga., hospital’s inpatient admission practices. The settlement also includes a requirement the company retain an independent review organization to review the accuracy of its claims for services…

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