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Thursday
Mar012012

Major Department of Justice Investigation Launched into BI’s One Day Stays

The US Dept. of Justice (DoJ) and Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (OIG) have launched an investigation into BIDMC’s Medicare billing practices, scrutinizing the number of patients admitted for short-stay admissions. In 2008, 1199SEIU wrote to the CareGroup board of directors about the high rate of one-day stays at BIDMC, warning them of possible additional scrutiny from regulators.  Patients admitted for one day stays can cost Medicare upwards of $5,000 more than if they were held for observation, which can drive up healthcare costs.

The DoJ/OIG investigation focuses on short-stay admissions from 6/1/2004 – 2/4/2010.

February 4, 2012: Hospital's Medicare billing examined

Attachments: CareGroup August 2011 disclosure (PDF), CareGroup Dec 2011 quarterly disclosure (PDF), 2008 Letter to the board

Additional coverage:

February 6, 2012: Beth Israel billing practices probed

  February 6, 2012: CMS Anti-Fraud Program To Begin In June

February 6, 2012: Boston's BIDMC Medicare billing examined

February 6, 2012: Boston hospital's Medicare billing examined

February 6, 2012: Feds investigate Beth Israel for overbilling

February 6, 2012: Feds probe Beth Israel’s billing practices

February 6, 2012: Feds Probe Beth Israel’s Billing Practices

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February 6, 2012: Feds probe Beth Israel's billing practices
 
February 6, 2012: Feds Probe Beth Israel’s Billing Practices
 
February 6, 2012: Feds probe Beth Israel's billing practices