Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Insider doctor blows the whistle on training hospital

The Boston Globe is reporting:
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center will pay more than $2.2 million to settle charges it improperly billed various federal health programs.  . . .  Prendergast [the whistleblower] told authorities the hospital improperly billed federal programs including Medicare, Medicaid, Veterans Affairs and the military's Tricare health insurance system for services delivered by resident physicians in training who were unsupervised by more senior attending physicians.  “Federal regulations and related guidelines allow physicians to bill for certain services provided by residents but only if those services are performed while a physician is present and the medical record contains appropriate documentation of the physician's presence," said a statement from the office of U.S. Attorney Tristram Coffin.


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