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Appeals Court Upholds $237M Judgment Against SC Hospital

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A federal appeals court has upheld a $237 million judgment against a South Carolina hospital in a false Medicare claims case.
    
A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously rejected Tuomey Healthcare System's challenge Thursday.
    
In 2012, a federal jury cleared the Sumpter hospital of any wrongdoing. But the judge determined he had improperly excluded some testimony and ordered a new trial.
    
At the second trial, a jury found that Tuomey submitted nearly 22,000 false claims to Medicare under an arrangement with doctors that amounted to an illegal kickback scheme.
    
Prosecutors said the fraudulent claims totaled $39 million. The government was awarded additional damages and civil penalties bringing the total to $237 million.

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