Bristol hospital and local clinic reach settlement with feds

February 6, 2012 by  

Bristol hospital and a local gastroenterlogy treatment facility will have to shell out approximately $158,000 to settle a claim of alleged inappropriate Medicare billing, according to an announcement by federal officials. Bristol Gastroenterology Associates P.C.(BGA)supposedly received free rent in return for making patient referrals to Bristol Hospital, the US. Attorney’s office for Connecticut explained when announcing the settlement.

The purported improper exchange, which reportedly occurred from January 2006 to August 2009, violated Medicare payment structures. BGA Attorney James Glasser, Wiggin and Dana LLP said the allegations were nothing less than preposterous, noting that all rent was paid and is up-to-date.

Glasser may have been tempted to make use of banner printing to boldly display and emphasize what he described as “absolutely ridiculous” allegations. Glasser said an out-of-court settlement seemed to be the least expensive and most efficient solution to the charges, implying that the agreement was not an admission of any wrongdoing.

Bristol Hospital will pay the bulk of the settlement while BGA will pick up the remaining $60,000. BGA patients are customarily refereed to Bristol hospital, according to Chris Boyle, the hospital’s director of Public Relations and Marketing for Bristol Hospital.

Bristol hospital is home to the Connecticut Gastroenterology Institute. It is the only such center in Connecticut to offer unique, specialized state-of-the-art treatment options available in the field of gastroenterology.

Bristol hospital is a 134 bed full service health care facility founded in 1919. The hospital has received national recognition for its excellent patient care, according to the hospitals website.