- Associated Press - Friday, October 30, 2015

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Three Delmarva-area hospitals are among more than 450 hospitals nationwide paying more than $250 million to resolve False Claims Act allegations involving implantation of heart devices in Medicare patients.

Federal officials said Friday that 457 hospitals in 43 states have agreed to settle claims regarding implantable defibrillators, which use electrical shocks to restore the heart’s normal rhythm.

Officials say only certain patients qualify for Medicare coverage for the devices, and that the hospitals failed to adhere to required waiting periods before using them.

Christiana Care Health Services and Christiana Hospital in Newark paid $2.5 million, while Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Maryland, paid $2.9 million.

Pennsylvania-based Catholic Health East, which is now known as Trinity Health, and 13 affiliated hospitals, including St. Francis Hospital in Wilmington, paid $11 million.

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