- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 21, 2015

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a hospital has agreed to pay $510,000 to resolve allegations that it billed Medicare and Medicaid for unnecessary heart procedures.

The U.S. attorney’s office for West Tennessee alleged that Regional Hospital of Jackson defrauded Medicare and Medicaid in connection with the placement of unnecessary cardiac stents and other needless procedures related to angioplasty and catheterization.

Medicare and Medicaid reimburse hospitals only for procedures that are medically necessary.

The allegations resolved by the July 10 settlement were raised in a lawsuit filed against the hospital under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act. Prosecutors say the whistleblower is Dr. Wood M. Deming, who received a share of the settlement amount.

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