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HCA Healthcare Stops Whistleblower’s Physical Therapy Fraud Suit

Nov. 23, 2020, 9:01 PM

HCA Healthcare Inc. and others defeated a False Claims Act whistleblower’s claims that they improperly billed federal healthcare programs for physical therapy services because the complaint lacked sufficient detail, a Kansas federal court said Monday.

Edward Ernst Jr. failed to provide details about actual claims submitted by defendants to Medicare and Tricare. He merely alleged a date range for services provided under allegedly fraudulent schemes, Judge John W. Lungstrum of the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas said.

The complaint lacks dates of the submission of claims to the government for payment, claim numbers, or amounts of claims,...

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