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Health system settles False Claims Act allegations

Compliance Monitor, June 20, 2012

Christus Spohn Health System Corp. of Corpus Christi, Texas, paid $5 million to settle allegations it violated the False Claims Act, according to a Department of Justice (DOJ) press release.

The health system fraudulently reported inpatient codes for services it should have reported with outpatient codes, according to the DOJ. The health system consequently received higher reimbursement than it should have.
The settle involves six of the health system’s hospitals including Christus Spohn Hospitals in Corpus Christi, Shoreline, Corpus Christi–Memorial, Corpus Christi–South, Alice, Beeville, and Kleberg.