Bayonne Medical Center Agrees to Pay $242,000 to Settle Medicare Over Billing

Bayonne Medical Center Agrees to Pay $242,000 to Settle Medicare Over Billing

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NJ US Attorney Press Release NEWARK - Bayonne Medical Center, a hospital in Hudson County, today agreed to pay over $242,000 to settle claims that it overcharged Medicare, U.S. Attorney Christopher J. Christie announced. A settlement agreement signed today provides that Bayonne will pay the government $242,340 to settle claims that from 1992 through 1998 it wrongfully submitted claims for inpatient hospital stays for patients who received outpatient services. As a result of Bayonne’s conduct, it received higher reimbursement than it would have had it billed properly, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Stuart A. Minkowitz. In the settlement agreement, Bayonne agreed to continue to follow its corporate compliance program to ensure proper billing procedures with Medicare and other federal health care programs. The agreement also provides that Bayonne will submit to the government annual reports regarding its compliance efforts and disclose violations of federal law to the government. The settlement comes under the federal False Claims Act that permits the government to seek up to triple damages plus penalties for false or fraudulent claims to the government. While agreeing to the settlement, Bayonne has denied the government’s allegations, according to Minkowitz. Bayonne cooperated during the government’s investigation.