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New York’s Beth Israel Hospital Admits To Inflating Medicare Fees

The hospital will pay $13 million for "fraudulently" inflating Medicare inpatient fees between 1998 and 2003 - a practice known as "turbocharging."

The New York Times: Beth Israel To Pay $13 Million For Inflating Medicare Fees
Beth Israel Medical Center has admitted that it fraudulently inflated its fees for services to Medicare patients, deliberately deceiving the federal government into paying many millions of dollars more than their treatments actually cost (Bernstein, 3/1).

The Associated Press/Wall Street Journal: NYC Hospital Admits To Fraudulent Medicare Fees
The complaint says the fraudulent practice, known as "turbocharging," went on at Beth Israel from 1998 through 2003. The complaint says the hospital deceived the Medicare program into believing that the costs associated with inpatient medical care were higher than they actually were (3/1).

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