Putnam Hospital Will Pay

Accused of improper billing

Putnam Hospital Center in Carmel will pay $14.7 million to settle allegations by the U.S. Attorney’s Office that it inflated bills for reimbursement for federal health care programs.

Three former employees of Health Quest, the hospital’s parent company, filed whistle-blower lawsuits alleging the hospital made claims between 2009 and 2015 that did not include proper documentation, such as evidence that the patient saw a doctor, and that in other cases it charged more than the going rate for services, according to the U.S. Attorney.

Health Quest, which also will pay $895,427 to New York state, said it cooperated with the investigation.

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