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Justice Department accuses Ontario-based hospital chain of cheating Medicare system

Justice Department accuses Ontario-based hospital chain of cheating Medicare system

The U.S. Justice Department has joined a whistle-blower case against Prime Healthcare Services, adding significant weight to allegations of widespread Medicare overbilling at 14 of the company’s hospitals in California.

A Los Angeles magistrate judge granted the agency’s request to intervene in the case Tuesday, one day after the government declared in a court filing that its investigation of the Ontario- hospital operator has “yielded sufficient evidence” that the facilities “submitted or caused the submission of claims to Medicare for unnecessary inpatient stays.” 

Prime finds itself under federal scrutiny because of...

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