Skip to comments.Justice Department Joins Lawsuit Against Mayo Clinic
Posted on 09/28/2010 11:33:51 AM PDT by Son House
The suit accuses the clinic of submitting fraudulent claims to Medicare and Medicaid for thousands of pathology tests that were never performed.
According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the complaint states that over the course of the last 10 years, Mayo has routinely billed Medicare, Medicaid and other federally sponsored health care programs for surgical pathology services that have not been performed.
The paper reports plaintiffs in the suit include former Mayo patients, survivors of deceased Mayo patients, and Minnesota attorney David Ketroser.
Mayo Clinic spokesman, Bryan Anderson, released a statement saying: "Upon discovering a billing error in 2007, Mayo corrected it and voluntarily refunded $242,711 to the federal government. The error was identified and corrected long before Mayo became aware that a sealed complaint had been filed and well before Mayo was notified that the Department of Justice was evaluating whether to become involved in the complaint."
Anderson says Mayo has fully complied with the law and that the Department of Justice investigation has "nothing to do with any patient or quality of care issues."
This is a mere curiosity to me. I prefer Miracle Whip.
Why....is The Mayo Clinic arresting Arizona illegal aliens, too?
Better than Miracle Whip.................
Didn’t the Mayo Clinic refuse to endorse 0-care?
Every time Medicare uncovers huge amounts of fraud, they are pointing out how inept they are and the idiocy of letting the government anywhere near healthcare.
Minnesota’s Mayo Clinic Discusses Flaws in ObamaCare
Not comprehensive or aggressive enough to have an immediate impact on lowering the cost and improving the quality of health care. We are also concerned about the continued approach of funding reform through the use of across-the-board payment cuts.
I wonder if hospitals are forced to do this to recoup some of the costs that they incur for treating people without insurance who know they can walk into the emergency room, receive treatment, and never pay a dime for that service.
I recall a suit during the Co-Presidency involving a blood-test company. The fine was at least 200 million, maybe more. The issue was that they had automated machines that ran a complete blood panel for a few dollars a sample.
They did ALL of the readings (RBC< WBC, platelet, dissolved gas, hematocrit...) even if the doctor had checked only RBC. Fraud or economic sense?
So now, after paying the gigantic fine, this lab and others like it must have someone there to code each sample so that only the ordered tests are done, and guess what, it costs us all more!
I expect that this is a similar extortion case that will punish Mayo, restrict their operations in the future, and drive costs up.
Once FedGov runs the hospitals, clinics, and labs we’ll never read of another complaint.
My wife works there....mailed the article to her and said it looks like payback time. I put nothing past this bunch of petty tyrants and idealogues.
One of Mayo’s sites is my client. I can tell you they lose much more than that annually in missed billing. They just don’t bill aggressively. go figure.
-Didnt the Mayo Clinic refuse to endorse 0-care?
Payback time. -
My first thought as well.
‘Jackboot thugs’, is that the proper term?
The Chicago Way Payback:
Mayo DOES NOT support ObamaCare.
Ironically, the Mayo Clinic in Arizona DOES NOT accept Medicare!
Frankly, whatever the DOJ does now is tainted in my eyes by its political shenanigans in such cases as Ted Stevens,
the Black Panthers, and others.
I just don’t trust them to be “the good guys” anymore.
Didnt the Mayo Clinic refuse to endorse 0-care?
Chicago politics at its worst. Now the insurance companies know what they are in for if they keep telling the truth about ObamaCare.
Going after Mayo, ketchup, fast food, cookies, sodas...when will it stop?
Mayo Clinic Discusses Flaws in ObamaCare
Congressman Walz (D-Mn) Discusses New Health Care Law(A Promise to Make Changes)
Walz Talks Health Care Reform “We’ve debated it longer than any other thing...”
Congressman Tim Walz says, “We’ve debated it longer than any other thing that’s been debated in Congress ever so with this issue is take your time. We’ve take more time than anything done in the country.”
Congressman Walz says, “I said there were a few lines in the sand needed in order for me to support it. It had to have pay-for-value, to get rid of pre-existing conditions, and it had to make sure it was deficit neutral.”
Note: Walz supported it without getting his changes.
If true, sounds like a big problem.
Would for sure take down the reputation of the clinic forever IMO.
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