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IPC The Hospitalist defrauded Medicare and Medicaid, U.S. lawsuit says

The U.S. Justice Department has accused a North Hollywood healthcare company of defrauding the federal government of millions of dollars by overbilling for services its doctors performed. In a lawsuit filed Monday in Chicago, federal lawyers said IPC The Hospitalist Co. bilked Medicare and Medicaid by billing for more expensive care than was provided. The company assigns doctors to hospitals in 28 states, then bills insurers, including government programs, for treatment they provide. The company reported $610 million in revenue last year. The U.S. attorney's office for the Northern District of Illinois said it was acting on complaints originally made in a whistle-blower lawsuit by...

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