Hospital’s Medicare billing examined
Beth Israel flagged for large number of short stays
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center has responded to a subpoena from the Department of Justice and Office of the Inspector General regarding its billing of Medicare for short-stay hospital admissions. The federal government is investigating whether the hospital admitted patients who should have been cared for as outpatients for less money. This is an area of increasing scrutiny by the federal government, in part because there is a lot of money at stake.