Hill-Rom Medical Equipment Supplier to Pay $41.8M Over Fraud Charges
Hill-Rom Company, a national supplier of durable medical equipment based in Batesville, Ind., has agreed to pay $41.8 million to settle allegations that it submitted false claims to Medicare, according to a news release from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
An investigation revealed that Hill-Rom knowingly submitted numerous and repeated false claims to Medicare for bed support equipment for patients who did not need the items.
The government claims Hill-Rom automatically billed for patients over long periods of time without making any reasonable effort to determine if the patients continued to meet Medicare conditions for payment. Furthermore, some claims were allegedly for patients who had died.
This improper billing allegedly took place from 1999-2007.
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