Kan. hospital settles allegations of false claims

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Hutchinson Regional Medical Center has reached a settlement over allegations the hospital submitted false claims to Medicare.

U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said in a news release Tuesday that the hospital has agreed to pay $853,651. It has also entered into a “corporate integrity agreement” with the Department of Health and Human Services’ fiscal watchdog.

The hospital used a wound therapy that involved putting the patient in a chamber of oxygen with increased pressure. The government contends the procedure was not medically necessary or was undocumented. It also alleged the claims resulted from a kickback deal with at least one doctor and the company supplying the chambers.

The hospital does not admit any wrongdoing in the settlement. Its spokeswoman said one of its executives would comment later Wednesday.

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