Thirty-two more hospitals have agreed to settle allegations that they billed Medicare for kyphoplasty procedures as inpatient rather than outpatient services to make more money,
the U.S. Justice Department announced Friday. The settlements, which have yielded a total of $28 million, are the latest in a longrunning whistle-blower lawsuit that alleges that equipment-maker Kyphon encouraged hospitals to perform the procedures on an inpatient rather than an outpatient basis to help pay for kits used in the procedures, and to help hospitals make money. In all, more than 150 hospitals across the country have now settled in the case. A lawyer who worked with one of the whistleblowers whose lawsuit launched the federal probe said he doesn’t think the latest settlements will be the last.