Owner of Lutheran Health Network settles suit for $98 million

FILE - Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, Ind.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)- The company that owns Lutheran Health Network has agreed to pay $98 million to settle a federal lawsuit.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Community Health Systems admitted patients to hospitals when doing so wasn’t medically necessary and then billed Medicare, Medicaid and the military’s Tricare program.

Under the terms of the settlement, Indiana and four other states will get money for their portions of the Medicaid claims.

Leaders at Community Health said Tuesday that the settlement names Lutheran Hospital, Dupont Hospital, Saint Joe Hospital, and Bluffton Regional Hospital. They also say the settlement includes no finding of improper conduct.

Officials from Lutheran Health Network said they are pleased this matter’s resolved.

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