University of Utah hospitals pay OIG-HHS nearly $200,000 over employment of excluded persons

by Ben Vernia | July 12th, 2014

On July 11, the Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services announced that it had reached a settlement with the University of Utah’s hospital system over its employment of staffers who had been excluded from participating in federal health care programs. According to OIG-HHS’s press release:

University of Utah (UOU) – a university-based health care system including 4 hospitals and 10 neighborhood health care centers – entered into a settlement agreement with the Office of Inspector General (OIG) for the Department of Health and Human Services, effective July 8, 2014. The $197,839.94 settlement resolves allegations that UOU employed three individuals who were excluded from participating in any Federal health care programs. OIG’s investigation revealed that UOU employed an excluded nurse who provided items or services paid for by Federal health care programs. During the investigation, UOU disclosed that it employed two additional excluded persons.

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