July 5, 2013 9:41:26 AM
Officials with Baptist Memorial Hospital Health Care Corporation in Memphis say an Associated Press report stating that three hospitals with BMH-Golden Triangle had agreed to pay the U.S. government $1.8 million as part of a settlement is inaccurate.
The settlement come after allegations that the hospitals performed procedures that should have been done on an outpatient basis and instead admitted the patients to the hospital, a move that inflated Medicare payments to the hospitals.
BMHCC spokesperson Ayoka Pond said three Baptist-affiliated hospitals in Columbus, Memphis and Collierville, Tenn., were included in the settlement and the corporation as a whole would be responsible for $1.8 million to the government, not just BMH-Golden Triangle. Officials say the amount of BMHCC's settlement is $691,168. Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle Hospital is responsible for a third of that amount, a little more than $200,000.
"More than 100 hospitals, including ours, are involved in a settlement because we allowed patients to stay overnight in the hospital following a new spinal procedure," Pond said in an email statement. "Medicare maintains that the procedure should have been performed on an outpatient basis instead. We chose to settle the dispute instead of pursuing more costly legal action."