Ohio hospital, heart center settle cardiac lawsuit

CLEVELAND (AP) — Federal prosecutors say an Ohio hospital system and heart center will pay $4.4 million to settle allegations they improperly billed Medicare for unnecessary heart procedures.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Cleveland says that as part of the settlement a former hospital lab manager who sued over the improper billing under the federal whistleblower law will receive $661,000.

Under the settlement announced Friday EMH Regional Medical Center will pay the government $3.9 million and North Ohio Heart Center will pay $542,000.

Messages were left with the Elyria-based companies.

U.S. Attorney Steven Dettelbach says the settlement resolves allegations that the hospital and heart center performed unnecessary heart procedures on Medicare patients between 2001 and 2006.

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