Saturday, September 14, 2013
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- Radiation oncology providers in Pensacola will pay $3.5 million to the federal government and the state of Florida to resolve allegations they improperly billed government health-care programs.
The U.S. Department of Justice announced Friday that the providers — which included Sacred Heart Health System and West Florida Medical Center Clinic — had been accused of improperly billing Medicare, Medicaid and the health care program used by uniformed military.
The allegations included billing for services that were performed while doctors were on vacation as well as billing twice for the same services.
The improper billing is alleged to have taken place between 2007 and 2011 at locations in Pensacola and Destin. The allegations were first raised in a whistleblower lawsuit.
The whistleblower, Richard Koch, will receive nearly $610,000.
Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/09/14/3626034/fla-hospitals-and-clinics-to-pay.html#storylink=cpy
Health care and insurance benefits provider Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) experienced some significant technical problems Friday, including problems with its online systems for customers.
A statement on the company’s website says:
“Humana.com is currently experiencing intermittent issues. We’re working hard to resolve all issues as soon as possible. We apologize for any inconvenience.”
In an email, Humana’s vice president for corporate communication Tom Noland said Humana also has been experiencing technical difficulties regarding its ability to receive inbound communications, such as telephone calls and emails.
“Connectivity is now being restored, and we are doing everything we can to complete this work as quickly as possible,” he said. “We apologize for any inconvenience anyone may have experienced.”
It is unclear whether the problems are limited to Humana's Louisville operations.
Humana provides insurance products and health and wellness services nationwide. In 2012, the company had revenue of $39.13 billion. Nationwide, the company has more than 43,000 employees. Locally it has more than 11,000 workers.