The Knucklehead of the Day award

Today’s winner is Staten Island University Hospital. They get the award for the following

NEW YORK, Sept. 15 (UPI) — Staten Island University Hospital in New York has settled a Medicare fraud case for more than $25 million, an attorney says.

Attorney Richard Reich, who represents whistle blower Elizabeth M. Ryan, said in a news release Monday the hospital has agreed to settle the False Claims Act lawsuit.

The 2004 lawsuit filed by U.S. officials in federal district court in New York alleged the hospital and its former chief of radiation oncology, Dr. Gilbert Lederman, knowingly billed Medicare for a cancer treatment not covered under the federal program.

By billing Medicare for the stereotactic body radiosurgery treatments, hospital officials were able to earn millions of dollars, Reich alleged.

“Staten Island University Hospital sought to exploit the Medicare program and obtained millions of dollars in payments which it was not entitled to at the expense of vulnerable cancer patients, as well as the public,” the attorney said.

I honestly think a good chunk of the medical providers nationwide engage in some kind of fraud. Whether its against their own patients, or by overbilling governments for Medicare and Medicaid. I say this with some justification. Not just based on personal experiences, but read here and here how one of the biggest hospital chains in the US and the biggest medical school in the country got caught and fined. If Tenet Healthcare gets fined almost a billion dollars, it has to make you wonder.

Staten Island University Hospital is today’s Knucklehead of the Day.

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