Firm to pay $14.5M to settle overbilling allegations; CMS launches health insurance marketplace information partnership

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> Sound Inpatient Physicians Inc., a Tacoma, Wash.-based provider of hospitals and physicians, must pay $14.5 million to settle overbilling allegations, the U.S. Department of Justice said. The settlement addresses allegations that, for eight years, Sound Physicians knowingly submitted inflated claims on behalf of its hospitalist employees for more expensive levels of service than were documented in patient medical records. Announcement

> The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and The Institute of Museum and Library Services plan an initiative to help people learn about the new health insurance marketplace, according to CMS. Announcement

> Allied Danbury and New Milford hospitals in Connecticut have adopted measures, such as having ER staff transmit EKG results directly to the hospital, to decrease the time it takes to treat a heart attack patient, Newstimes reports. Article

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> The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration is notifying its clients that some of their personal information may have been accidentally disclosed to other clients, according to an announcement. Article

> The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued a notice in the Federal Register under the federal Privacy Act that it will disclose certain information to entities that administer state health insurance exchanges. Article

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