Southern New Hampshire Medical Center has paid a settlement to resolve possible False Claims Act charges alleging that a hospital employee was improperly paid with funds from federal health care programs. The government’s investigation centered on a licensed nursing assistant hired by the hospital through numerous temporary employment agencies from February 2002 to September 2007. The nursing assistant allegedly performed hospital services paid for, in part, by federal health care programs including Medicare, Medicaid and others. But the nursing assistant had been excluded from federal health care programs, meaning that federal funds could not be used to compensate the employee.
In addition, the same individual worked for Premier Medical Staffing, a New Hampshire corporation for which the nursing assistant performed similar services. Premier also reached a settlement with the government to resolve similar allegations.
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