Mayo settles false-billing suit for $1.26 million

  • Article by: MAURA LERNER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 2, 2012 - 9:22 PM

The clinic said it would add $1 million to earlier payment for its lab testing "error issue."

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reidAug. 2, 12 5:19 PM

Yup, lots of wonderful work done by our government sniffing around for pennies, when the IRS today said that it sent billions in tax refunds to swindlers, without even checking to see if the people the were sending the checks to were legit or not. I'm waiting for some DOJ spoof to stand up and beat his/her chest and tell us how they are ferreting out all the mediare swindlers. I'm amazed that anyone can figure out bills and to think that, if it is even true, they billed 250,000 over five years, do you think that Mayo would risk it's reputation over peanuts? Come on, folks. There are few big clinics or hosptials in this country who haven't been in the news for billing, and I cannot think one of them would intentionally do that at all for any reason, say nothing about them trying to get away with something for piddly amounts. Can we expect similar tenaciousness when the government investigates Knight investments for screwing up the stock market for millions in a 1/2 hour of wild computer trading? I won't hold my breath.

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roymercerAug. 2, 12 5:25 PM

So the attorney gets $115K and the victims get $38K each? I see how it works.

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bigtmnAug. 2, 12 6:10 PM

I've wondered how a patient can validate that the proper services have been billed when all they get is an Explanation of Benefits from the insurance company and the charges are lumped together.

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eljayeffAug. 2, 12 9:27 PM

One wonders how many other "billing error issues" Rochester Mayo has - I am sure it is much easier for them to pay this settlemen amount than open up the legal process that may uncover more "billing error issues" - I am only saying that something here does not really sound right!

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rjr2205Aug. 2, 12 9:52 PM

reid says he doubts hospitals like Mayo would bill for fraudulant charges. When my mother passed away the hospital billed Medicare for three days of care provided after she died. We caught the "error", notified Medicare and the hospital repaid the "oops"! The very people who complain about runaway government spending are often the very people willing to rip off the government/taxpayer!! The decision makers who authorize such fraud/theft should be criminally charged! It's too easy to blame it on the "data entry" person! Money spent to discover and prosecute such fraud is money well spent!!

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poppins777Aug. 2, 1211:25 PM

Bilk Medicare? No!!! You could have knocked me over with a feather. Seriously, it's done all the time. Prior to my mother's death she had to be fed (for several months) via a feeding tube for ten hours a day in a procedure called TPN. Seven bags were delivered by cab each week to my mother's home and I administered one of them each night. One day I happened to be at the local pharmacy and asked what the cost of each bag would be if purchased from them. After returning with one of the bags so the pharmacist could identify the contents I was told the cost of each bag would be $62. Allina billed and was paid by Medicare $745 PER BAG!!! Enough said.

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bill9844Aug. 3, 12 3:19 AM

I am an uninsured vet that gets care from the Mpls VA. I called Mayo because I wanted to get a second opinion on a condition, and they wanted a $5,000.00 deposit for me to talk to someone. Angles of mercy they are not.

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vlombardyAug. 3, 12 8:00 AM

Mayo is just another huge corporation, where money trumps all else. Welcome to the real world.

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