— Wayne Medical Center agreed to pay $883,000 to the federal government after the hospital’s internal compliance department discovered what it described as documentation problems related to ambulance services. Written statements from the hospitals and the U.S. Justice Department said staff at the 78-bed medical center in central Tennessee self-reported the allegations to HHS’ inspector general’s office. U.S. Attorney Jerry Martin said in a news release that the hospital avoided a protracted investigation and the risks of “potential fines under the False Claims Act” by reporting its concerns. Between Jan. 1, 2004, and Dec. 31, 2009, the hospital allegedly received Medicare overpayments for ambulance services that were not medically necessary, billed under the wrong level of transport or mileage, and lacking proper documentation, the Justice Department said. The hospital said the overpayments resulted from “insufficient documentation.” “Wayne Medical Center is committed to integrity in all of our business practices, and we take our diligence in accurate billing very seriously,” said Paul Betz, the hospital’s interim CEO. “We have worked closely with government officials to fully correct this issue and ensure that our current EMS billing practices meet all regulations.” Wayne Medical Center is affiliated with Maury Regional Medical Center, Columbia, Tenn., where Betz is the chief operating officer. The settlement was announced Jan. 17, and hospital officials said they were prepared to make the payment immediately.