Chris Brockman: Hospitals on notice

January 22, 2013 

Hospitals on notice

WakeMed is being investigated for fraud for charging Medicare for overnight care for patients who were treated and released the same day.

Judge Terrence Boyle threw out a proposed settlement for $8 million as a “slap on the hand.” How is this fraud any different from hospitals charging exorbitant in-patient prices for doctor’s office visits in practices controlled by the hospital?

Beware, greedy hospitals. It’s only a matter of time before this egregious practice is itself the basis for a lawsuit or prosecution for fraud.

Chris Brockman, Franklinton

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