Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Feds: NH hospital to pay $2.2 million settlement -

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center will pay more than $2.2 million to settle charges it improperly billed various federal health programs, Vermont's top federal prosecutor said Tuesday.

Of the total, more than $80,000 will go to the state of Vermont, $61,000 to New Hampshire, $1.5 million to the federal government and more than $334,000 will go to Dr. Thomas Prendergast, the former Dartmouth-Hitchcock physician who blew the whistle on the improper billing.

Based in Lebanon, N.H., Dartmouth-Hitchcock is a major teaching hospital affiliated with the Dartmouth Medical School and has a big footprint in northern New England. It discharged more than 13,000 New Hampshire patients in 2010 and nearly 10,000 from Vermont.

Prendergast told authorities the hospital improperly billed federal programs including Medicare, Medicaid, Veterans Affairs and the military's Tricare health insurance system for services delivered by resident physicians in training who were unsupervised by more senior attending physicians.

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