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Updated: Delmarva Hospitals Involved in False Claims Settlement

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DOVER, Del. (AP/WBOC)- Three Delmarva-area hospitals are among more than 450 hospitals nationwide paying more than $250 million to resolve False Claims Act allegations involving implantation of heart devices in Medicare patients.

Federal officials said Friday that 457 hospitals in 43 states have agreed to settle claims regarding implantable defibrillators, which use electrical shocks to restore the heart's normal rhythm.

Officials say only certain patients qualify for Medicare coverage for the devices, and that from 2003 to 2010, the hospitals failed to adhere to required waiting periods before using them.

Christiana Care Health Services and Christiana Hospital in Newark paid $2.5 million, while Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Md., paid $2.9 million.

Pennsylvania-based Catholic Health East, which is now known as Trinity Health, and 13 affiliated hospitals, including St. Francis Hospital in Wilmington, paid $11 million.

Following Friday's settlement announcement, Peninsula Regional Medical Center issued a statement in which CB Silvia, MD, the hospital's vice president of medical affairs and chief medial officer said, "Like all hospitals, we fully coordinate and comply with multiple governmental requests and inquiries annually.  We have and will continue to do so.  PRMC believes that good clinical decision-making was exercised in the ICD cases reviewed and that everyone associated with our hospital or the care of those patients acted in the best interest of our patients and without any intent to disregard CMS regulations."

Silvia added, "Until the time issue is resolved, clinicians and hospitals will continue to be placed in the very difficult dilemma of trying to do the ‘right thing’ for their patients while recognizing that the ‘right thing’ may not be covered by the payer or the insurer at that period in time."

For more information about the settlement, click here

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