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Oregon hospitals targeted for improper billing

Postby Webmaster » February 25th, 2005, 11:13 am

Oregon Health Forum, June 1999
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Oregon hospitals targeted

The Department of Justice investigates improper billing. The Department of Justice refuses to back down from its investigation of Oregon hospitals for improper billing of outpatient laboratory tests. Last December, 31 Oregon hospitals were under the gun and Assistant US Attorney Bob Nesler told Oregon Health Forum, "We anticipate these cases going forward. They will continue to be investigated and hopefully resolved." Oregon's hospitals are waging a vigorous fight. Last year, on the urging of the American Hospital Assn., Congress adopted new guidelines for the Justice Department to use before alleging hospitals violated the False Claims Act by improperly billing. But Oregon isn't getting off the hook. The Justice Department intends to continue its probe "in a fair and reasonable fashion," according to a June 1 letter from Lou DeFalaise, counsel for Attorney General Janet Reno.
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