Corporate Compliance

CT hospital to pay more than $300,000 to settle False Claims allegations

Compliance Monitor, February 9, 2005

The United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut announced on February 14 that Hartford-based St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center entered into a civil settlement agreement with the government to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by submitting false claims to the state Medicaid program.

Under the terms of the settlement, St. Francis will pay $299,363.66 to the United States and the state of Connecticut--representing double damages--to reimburse Medicaid for conduct occurring between February 1997 and March 2004. St. Francis also agreed to pay about $6,000 to reimburse the private insurers it billed for free vaccines.

On top of the monetary penalties, the hospital also entered into a Certification of Compliance Agreement with HHS. The goal of the agreement is to ensure future compliance with the requirements of the Medicaid and Medicare programs, a release from the U.S. Attorney's office said.

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