February 8, 2013 – A federal judge is allowing North Carolina’s WakeMed Health and Hospitals (A1 / 65821DCR0) to take an unusual deal to avoid a criminal trial because the risk of closing down a Raleigh, N.C., hospital is too perilous for patients and workers. The not-for-profit WakeMed corporation was charged in December with one count of making materially false statements in order to increase Medicare reimbursements—an unprecedented criminal charge for a community hospital, according to prosecutors and numerous legal experts. Hospital officials admitted in court records that staff members in the Wake Heart Center on the system’s Raleigh campus routinely ignored or even fabricated physician orders, and as a result billed Medicare for inpatient care when cardiac patients didn’t stay overnight in the hospital.
Link to Court Order: http://www.modernhealthcare.com/assets/pdf/CH8549828.PDF
Link to WakeMed / OIG Corporate Integrity Agreement: https://oig.hhs.gov/fraud/cia/agreements/Wakemed_Raleigh_Campus_12192012.pdf