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Wahiawa General Hospital to pay $450K settlement

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 12:16 p.m. HST, Aug 30, 2013

The U.S. Attorney's office says Wahiawa General Hospital will pay about $450,000 to settle lawsuits alleging improper billing.

Federal and state governments alleged the hospital wrongfully submitted claims to Medicare, Medicaid and the military's health care program known as TRICARE. An investigation began after a doctor alleged the hospital submitted bills for services provided by resident doctors without the level of supervision required by federal law.

The U.S. Attorney's office notes that while the hospital agreed to the settlement signed Thursday, the hospital doesn't admit liability. Hospital officials didn't immediately return a call seeking comment today.

The doctor who initiated the lawsuits will receive nearly $85,000 of the settlement payment. District of Hawaii U.S. Attorney Florence Nakakuni praises the doctor for his courage in reporting the alleged wrongdoing.

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1local wrote:
dismiss all employees involved...take the money from the state employee retirement fund. Taxpayers should not have to pay for it...
on August 30,2013 | 12:47PM
bigserf wrote:
Stupid comment.
on August 30,2013 | 12:58PM
Shh wrote:
That's just plain ignorant. Why should the state employee's retirement funds be taken from them over this incident? It doesn't matter because you won't be the person to make the decision as to what will come out of this.
on August 30,2013 | 03:43PM
poipoo wrote:
Not surprised. Place looks like one insane asylum. I srsly hope I never get hurt on that side.
on August 30,2013 | 01:20PM
poipoo wrote:
There was nothing wrong with my comment. The place looks scary enough on the outside so much that I don't wanna get banged up to have to lvisit it.
on August 30,2013 | 01:23PM
dpn wrote:
One might wonder why the commenter suggests that state employees should foot the bill for a private hospital's penalty.
on August 30,2013 | 03:00PM
312guy wrote:
irt 1local ; wahiawa general is a privately run hospital irt poipoo: it's a self finance hospital the outside may look bad but they do have good staff the $85,000 dollars that doctor should donate for renovations
on August 30,2013 | 05:19PM
awahana wrote:
Why don't they mention the courageous doctor?
on August 30,2013 | 11:29PM
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