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,

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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.

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