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6/8/2003

Centura Health pays $2.3 million settlement

The Associated Press

DENVER — Centura Health Corp. has agreed to pay more than $2.3 million to settle Medicare and Medicaid bills incorrectly filed by several hospitals, federal authorities said Thursday.

Under the terms, Colorado will receive $187,000 in Medicaid overpayments. The rest of the money will go to the federal government for Medicare overpayments.

“Prosecutors determined that Centura was not intentionally attempting to defraud the government, and that the improper billings were the result of inattention and the negligent acts of lower level employees,” U.S. Attorney John Suthers said.

The incorrect claims were filed by Colorado hospitals Centura Health manages or has managed in the past.

The hospitals are St. Anthony Central, Denver; St. Anthony North, Westminster; Penrose Saint Francis, Colorado Springs; Mercy Medical Center, Durango; St. Thomas More, Cañon City; Porter Adventist Hospital, Denver; Avista Adventist, Louisville; and St. Mary Corwin, Pueblo.