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May 28, 2014

KDMC to pay $41 million in stent case

ASHLAND — King’s Daughters Medical Center will pay $40.9 million to settle claims it improperly billed for coronary procedures and submitted false claims for Medicare and Kentucky Medicaid reimbursement, the U.S. Department of Justice said Wednesday.

The hospital did not admit any wrongdoing but the payment resolves allegations that physicians billed for unnecessary coronary stents and diagnostic catheterizations, and that KDMC had prohibited financial relationships with physicians who referred patients, according to the justice department.

Kentucky will receive slightly more than $1 million of the settlement payment, which represents the state’s share of the recovered Medicaid funds.

A hospital spokesman said King’s Daughters doesn’t admit guilt and that CEO Kristie Whitlatch would not be available for comment.

 

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