- Associated Press - Monday, November 2, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Three Nebraska hospitals are among those that have settled federal complaints about violations of Medicare rules regarding a cardiac device.

The Lincoln Journal Star (https://bit.ly/20nJIAd ) reports that CHI Health Good Samaritan in Kearney and CHI Health St. Elizabeth and CHI Health Nebraska Heart Hospital in Lincoln are three of 17 hospitals operated by Catholic Health Initiatives that were part of the $250 million national settlement announced last week.

The settlements with the U.S. Justice Department encompass nearly 500 hospitals that violated coverage rules by implanting cardioverter defibrillators in Medicare patients too soon after certain procedures.

Catholic Health Initiatives paid $7.8 million overall but has not disclosed the amounts for each hospital. CHI says the lawsuit boiled down to billing criteria and that no patients got inappropriate or substandard care.

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Information from: Lincoln Journal Star, https://www.journalstar.com

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