Allina Health settles with DOJ over Medicare billing

Minneapolis-based Allina Health is among 70 hospital systems nationwide that has settled with the Department of Justice over alleged improper billing of Medicare for surgical procedures.

Allina's part of the $257 million settlement is about $2.6 million.

The government accuses Allina and the others with failing to comply with Medicare billing rules related to the implantation of cardiac devices.

The Allina hospitals allegedly in violation are Abbott Northwestern, Mercy, United and Unity. Allina maintains the devices it implanted were "medically necessary" and says it settled with the government to avoid protracted litigation.

The Justice Department says it's continuing to investigate additional health systems.

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