Officials announced late last week that the controversial case between on Georgia hospital system and the U.S. attorney’s office has been resolved.
Following allegations of false claims for both state and federal health care programs, the Columbus Regional Hospital System will pay $25 million in settlements. They system will also make up to $10 million in additional payments while Dr. Andrew Pippas will pay $425,000 in payments.
Georgia will receive $789,960 for the Medicaid losses, and the federal government will get $24,666,040.
Officials close to the case say Columbus Regional previously requested high claims for service that were false, specifically for radiation therapy services. They system also violated the aspect of the law that bans kickbacks for referrals.
Pippas got excessive payment from Columbus regional that resulted in illegal claims, according to the allegations in the case.