UPMC settles $1M billing errors case

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Authorities say the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center has agreed to pay nearly $1 million to settle a case of Medicare billing errors.

The Department of Justice says in a Wednesday release that UPMC told authorities about the billing errors connected with a home health care affiliate and the case was settled without litigation. The settlement of about $956,000 ends the case.

The case concerned Medicare billings for home health care services that didn’t include a documented face-to-face encounter with a physician, as required by regulations.

UPMC spokeswoman Gloria Kreps says in an email that the company admits no liability, that the errors were in a relatively small percentage of cases, and that they ultimately complied with all Medicare rules.

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