April 21, 2011, LOUISVILLE, KY - Norton Hospitals, Inc. has voluntarily entered into a settlement with the United States of America to pay $782,842 to settle allegations that it submitted false claims in violation of the Federal False Claims Act, announced the Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services and David J. Hale, United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky.

According to the settlement agreement, the United States contends that Norton Hospitals, Inc. inappropriately submitted additional charges to Medicare for wound care, infusion and radiation oncology services performed in an outpatient setting. Specifically, the United States alleged that Norton Hospitals, Inc. submitted additional charges for separate evaluation and management services performed for patients in these settings when no such separate evaluation and management services were performed. The over-billing covered a five year period between January 1, 2005 and February 26, 2010.

This settlement agreement is neither an admission of liability by Norton nor a concession by the United States that its claims are not well founded.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Benjamin S. Schecter.