Don Bauder 7:49 p.m., May 22
El Centro Hospital Charged with Medicare Fraud
The El Centro Regional Medical Center agreed today (Sept. 20) to pay $2.2 million to settle charges that it defrauded Medicare, according to the U.S. Justice Department. According to the government, the 165-bed acute care hospital fraudulently inflated charges to Medicare patients. The hospital agreed to a Corporate Integrity Agreement binding it to strict future policies and procedures.