Parkway Hospital of Forest Hills, New York, has agreed to pay $1.075 million to resolve allegations that it defrauded the Medicare program.
A former director of finance at Parkway filed a whistleblower suit under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act, which led to the government investigation. The investigation, conducted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Inspector General of Health and Human Services, established that Parkway included unallowable items in its Medicare cost reports,
including costs associated with clinics owned by Parkway’s physician owners and operated by Queens Medical Management, Inc.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York issued an August 13, 2007 press release describing the settlement.