Arizona Heart Hospital will pay approximately $5.8 million to resolve allegations that they improperly billed Medicare for non-covered procedures. Two doctors groups, Arizona Heart Institute and AHI Cardiovascular Surgeons, have paid $900,00 in the same matter.
The procedures used artificial graft devices to treat patients with aortic aneurisms. Some of the procedures involved experimental devices and others did not comply with approved procedures for devices that were in clinical trials. In neither case would Medicare cover the procedures.