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Bartlett Hospital board finalizes $1.4 million Medicare, Medicaid payback settlement

Hospital board members elected

Posted: December 21, 2012 - 1:06am

 

Bartlett Regional Hospital board approved a settlement with the federal government to reimburse Medicare and Medicaid $1.4 million.

The City and Borough of Juneau City Manager Kim Kiefer will have the final sign-off on the settlement. The settlement is with the Office of Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The board approved of the settlement without objection.

The gap in payments were the result of accounting oversights. Bartlett has since hired Xtend Healthcare Advanced Revenue Services to help straighten out the hospital’s accounting.

Bartlett attorney Dick Monkman said Bartlett and the City and Borough of Juneau was able to negotiate some terms with the OIG.

“As painful as the amount is,” Monkman said, “it is the best deal that they give anybody coming in the door with self disclosure. The amount we thought we’d be billed is quite a bit higher. They are basically giving us the most favored nation status.”

Once Bartlett and Kiefer have signed the settlement, the hospital has one week to wire the money.

“We have some elaborate phone calls ahead,” Monkman said.

The board also held elections. Robert Storer is replaced as board president by Linda Thomas. Linda Thomas leaves her vice president seat to Reed Reynolds and Dr. Alex Malter takes over the secretary position from Reed Reynolds.

• Contact reporter Russell Stigall at 523-2276 or at russell.stigall@juneauempire.com.

Note: This story has been edited to add that Medicare payments are part of the settlement.

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