Feds asking for $70 million deposit for Tuomey Medicare fine

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The federal government has responded to an appeal filed by Sumter's Tuomey hospital in a false Medicare claims case.

Court documents filed Wednesday show the government is asking for a $70 million deposit while the appeals process continues, which they say wouldn't affect healthcare services.

This comes after the hospital said it could be forced to shut down if it had to may the $237 million in damages owed.

In May 2013, a jury in Columbia found the healthcare provider had violated two federal statutes: the so-called Stark Law and the False Claims Act.

The charges were linked to multiple allegations of Medicare fraud after the hospital signed doctors to exclusive contracts designed to funnel patients to them and away from other physicians who had set up their own outpatient surgery center.

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