Shands Healthcare Pays $26 Million to Settle False Claims Related to Inpatient Procedures
On August 19, 2013, the Government announced a settlement with Shands Healthcare in the amount of $26 million to resolve allegations that it billed for inpatient services that should have been billed as outpatient. The six Florida Shands Healthcare system hospitals involved in this settlement are: Shands at Jacksonville, Shands at Gainesville (also known as Shands at the University of Florida); Shands Alachua General Hospital; Shands at Lakeshore; Shands Starke and Shands Live Oak. “Regardless of the complexity of these schemes to siphon off crucial health care dollars,” said Daniel R. Levinson, Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, “our law enforcement officials will work tirelessly to seek justice.”
Hospital inpatient fraud is a serious and costly and problem nationwide. Courageous whistleblowers are needed to stem the tide of this continuing problem.