Hospital network pays $37 million as compensation for overbilling patients

November 3, 2014 8:33 AM

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Following allegations that it has always overbilled patients and even caused the government to pay more for medical aids, the Dignity Healthcare system, formerly known as Catholic Healthcare West, has agreed to pay $37 million settlement as compensation instead of going to court. The Dignity Healthcare is one of the largest hospital networks in the US with 39 hospitals across California, Nevada, and Arizona. Kathleen Hawkins, a former employee with the health organization blew the whistle and filed an ordinance at a district court in Northern California. This prompted government authorities to starting probing the accounts of Dignity Healthcare, and true to facts, the auditors found that the allegations of overbilling patients have been consistent across hospital networks in the three states.

Following allegations that it has always overbilled patients and even caused the government to pay more for medical aids, the Dignity Healthcare system, formerly known as Catholic Healthcare West, has agreed to pay $37 million settlement as compensation instead of going to court. The Dignity Healthc...

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