N.J. owes Medicaid payments; GAO reports wide costs variations in ambulance transports;

> New Jersey didn't report Medicaid overpayments worth $2.8 million on Form CMS-64 (the quarterly Medicaid statement of expenditures for the Medical Assistance Program) and $1.4 million in federal share payments, the Office of Inspector General announced Tuesday. Report (.pdf)

> Prime Healthcare Services in Ontario, Calif., closed an acquisition deal with Lower Bucks Hospital in Bristol, Pa., the former announced yesterday. The deal is Prime's second acquisition in the state. Announcement

> The Government Accountability Office found wide variation in ambulance transport costs due to differences in the volume of transports, the number of nonemergent Medicare transports and which providers received government subsidies, in a report released Monday. The median cost per transport for providers was $429, ranging from $224 to $2,204. Report (.pdf)

> Under a joint venture with United Surgical Partners International, New Jersey's Hackensack University Medical Center this weekend announced it acquired two ambulatory surgery centers, Hackensack Endoscopy Center (HEC) and Endoscopy Center of Bergen County (ECBC), both in Bergen County. Statement

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