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University of Chicago
Medicare and Medicaid Overbilling
Date: 02/10/2000 (Date of Settlement)
Misconduct Type: Government Contract Fraud
Enforcement Agency: Health and Human Servs.
Contracting Party: Health and Human Servs.
Court Type: Civil
Synopsis: In 2000, the University of Chicago agreed to pay the federal government $10.9 million to settle a lawsuit accusing the university of purposely overbilling Medicare and Medicaid claims for outpatient services between 1991 and 1998. The lawsuit accused the university of defrauding the government by engaging in a practice known as "upcoding," in which a hospital submits claims to the Medicare and Medicaid programs for more expensive treatments and procedures than it provided.