OIG: Washington Hospital must repay $1M in Medicare reimbursements

An Office of the Inspector General audit reveals MedStar Health's Washington Hospital in Washington, D.C., overbilled Medicare more than $1.06 million in 2010 and 2011. According to the OIG report, the 926-bed acute care teaching hospital did not fully comply with Medicare billing requirements for 175 inpatient and outpatient claims. In addition to repaying the full amount to Medicare, the OIG recommended that the hospital strengthen its controls to ensure full compliance with Medicare requirements. Although the hospital agreed with most of the report, it disagreed with the finding that it incorrectly billed observations services. The OIG said it stands by its findings. Audit report