- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - The federal government wants Mission Hospital to return more than $400,000 in Medicare funds because of estimated billing errors, according to an audit.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports (https://avlne.ws/1rcZzwx) Mission disputes the errors.

Medicare paid Mission about $697 million in 2011-2012 for 53,057 inpatients and 295,685 outpatients.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General says it reviewed 192 claims and found Mission complied with billing rules in 144 of them. It found errors in 48 claims worth $122,000 in payments.

The agency estimates that Mission owes $443,183 based on an error rate.

Mission isn’t the only hospital in North Carolina facing a demand for repayment. The agency said Duke University Hospital made billing errors totaling an estimated $626,000 from 2011-2012.

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Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, https://www.citizen-times.com

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