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Universal Health Services Reaches $122 Million False Claims Deal

July 10, 2020, 11:26 PM

Universal Health Services Inc. will pay $122 million to settle allegations that it billed Medicare and other federal programs for medically unnecessary behavioral-health services, the Justice Department announced Friday.

The government alleged in 18 separate whistleblower lawsuits that UHS-owned facilities violated the False Claims Act by admitting patients even though their condition didn’t require inpatient treatment, the DOJ said in a statement. The facilities also failed to discharge other patients when their condition no longer required inpatient care, the government alleged.

The settlements were reached without a determination of liability, the DOJ said.

“UHS unequivocally disputes any allegation that it...

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