AG Gansler Secures Settlement with Maryland General Hospital
Hospital double-billed for cardiovascular tests, failed to refund money
Baltimore, MD ( Aug. 21, 2013) - Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced today that Maryland has joined with the federal government and entered into a settlement agreement with Maryland General Hospital to resolve allegations that the hospital billed improperly for some cardiovascular tests and then failed to the return the money after learning of the improper payments. The hospital, which is part of the University of Maryland Medical Systems Corporation, will pay $750,000 under the settlement agreement. The Maryland Medicaid program will receive $105,600, which will be shared with the federal government in proportion to its funding of the Medicaid program.
"Marylanders expect hospitals to provide sound medical care, ensure accurate financial operations and have in place an efficient management structure that takes swift action to correct problems," said Attorney General Gansler. "The money received from this settlement will be returned to Maryland Medicaid and the other government-funded health care programs from which the funds were improperly taken."
The settlement resolves allegations that Maryland General Hospital double-billed for cardiac perfusion studies. After learning of the double billing, the hospital did not refund the overpayments to Medicare, Medicaid or other government-funded health care programs.
The settlement is the result of an investigation by the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Maryland, the U.S. Justice Department's Civil Division and the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.