- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 31, 2016

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Federal prosecutors say they’ve reached a deal with a New Jersey hospital to settle claims it falsely billed Medicare and Medicaid for medically unnecessary cardiac procedures.

Saint Michael’s Medical Center in Newark will pay $450,000 under the settlement announced Tuesday. Prosecutors say the hospital did not admit to any wrongdoing.

A whistleblower lawsuit had alleged that from January 2009 through January 2015, Saint Michael’s submitted claims for angioplasties, catheterizations and stents that were performed in its cardiac catheterization lab. The suit claimed the procedures were not medically necessary.

A hospital spokesman said the settlement was reached with the hospital’s former owner, Trinity Health, and referred all questions to that firm.

A message seeking comment from Trinity Health was not immediately returned Tuesday night.

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