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Oswego Hospital settles whistleblower complaint

A trifolded medical bill lays on a desk top.
Ohio Department of Insurance
A trifolded medical bill lays on a desk top.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Northern District of New York says Oswego Hospital has agreed to pay $98,694.36 following allegations the hospital knowingly billed Medicare and Medicaid improperly.

The whistleblower complaint is related to outpatient mental health services in which the medical claims must be filed by a licensed master social worker who is under supervision.

Attorney Carla B. Freedman’s office said in a release that Oswego Hospital also failed to provide proper documentation to support its claims billing was filed by another certified social worker and violated the False Claims Act.

The whistleblower will receive nearly $20,000 dollars.

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