Monday, April 11, 2011

HHS puts up searchable web page for HAC rates

The Hill is reporting that "Medicare beneficiaries for the first time will have access to data about hospital-acquired condition (HAC) rates, the agency announced on Wednesday, despite industry objections."  Click here for the HHS site.  Information is good.  The info provided, however, by the site seems to be general.  

But this leads to a fraud question: if a hospital knows that it is responsible for causing the HAC, may it bill Medicare for treatment?  And if it does, is that a false claim for the purposes of the False Claims Act?

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