- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 24, 2015

HANCOCK, Mich. (AP) - A northern Michigan hospital has agreed to pay the federal government more than $4.4 million to settle allegations that its home health care agency submitted false claims to Medicare.

The settlement was the result of a self-disclosure to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services by Portage Hospital, LLC, in Hancock. The federal agency claimed services provided by a staff physical therapist to Medicare home health care patients weren’t medically necessary, lacked adequate documentation and didn’t qualify for payment.

The agency alleged the therapist failed to establish patients’ homebound status and need for therapy services.

U.S. Attorney Patrick A. Miles, Jr. says the hospital should be commended for disclosing the matter and helping to protect the integrity of federal health care programs.

Hancock is on upper Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula.

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