Why does a hospital in San Luis Obispo charge tens of thousands dollars more for major joint replacement surgery than one across the Santa Barbara County line? And what’s behind a hospital in the city of Santa Barbara asking twice as much as a facility in nearby Lompoc? And perhaps more puzzling, why is the Read More →
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The action of the California Legislature would put the Medicare and MediCal programs on life support.
Simi Valley Hospital has paid the U.S. government $5.15 million to settle an allegation that the hospital filed false Medicare claims, the Department of Justice announced Nov. 3. With the settlement finalized, a federal judge dismissed the lawsuit, which was filed in October 2001 by a former hospital employee turned whistleblower. The suit alleged that Read More →