- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 17, 2016

MILWAUKEE (AP) - The U.S. Attorney’s office says a Wisconsin health care network and some of its hospitals are part of a settlement over cardiac devices implanted in Medicare patients.

The Department of Justice said Wednesday it has reached settlements with 51 hospitals in 15 states for more than $23 million. The settlements resolve allegations that the cardiac devices were implanted in violation of Medicare coverage requirements.

In Wisconsin, Milwaukee-based Aurora Health Care and four affiliated hospitals paid a total of $1.25 million. The affiliated hospitals are Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center, Aurora Sinai Medical Center, Aurora Memorial Hospital of Burlington and Aurora BayCare Medical Center.

The Justice Department says the settlements are the final stage of a nationwide investigation into the practices of hundreds of hospitals improperly billing Medicare for the devices.

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