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Dignity Health is one of the top hospitals in San Francisco, California. After the falsified overbill in the health care program of military, Dignity Health has finally decided to settle the lawsuit by paying the claiming amount of $37 million. Over a timespan of one year, this health care facility had been charging in excess throughout the entire agenda of military heath care. On the proceedings, Dignity Health stated this settlement is for avoid of the continuing dispute without any admittance of the transgression.
In 2009, Whistle-blower Kathleen Hawkins came to the front by a directional leading of the wrongdoings. She was one of the former employee whose commendable work brought light into the federal investigation of this misconduct. Kathleen will get $6.5 million by this settlement. The overbilling occurred due to the surgeries related to pacemaker insertions and kyphoplast which is related to spinal surgery.
Dignity Health was previously known as Catholic Healthcare West which is a three state chain of healthcare organization. It is the fifth largest hospital chain which includes thirty-nine hospitals plus it is a non-profit hospital. When this kind of fraudulences come out, People should know thatplenty of taxpayers’ money get wasted due to the overbilling process of health care facilities and their plans. U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag mentioned that by this settlement government wants to protect the health care programs and that’s all.
According to the Federal False Claims Act, Government has the power of fighting against fraud and Justice Department have the power of taking any action if the litigation gets proved in civil courts. In addition to this, The Act also allows Whistle-blowers can file case or give any kind of information related to this kind of deceit on the side of government.