San Francisco Chronicle

U.S. sues Kaiser Permanente

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The federal government has sued Kaiser Permanente, alleging the Oakland health care giant committed Medicare fraud and pressured doctors to list incorrect diagnoses on medical records in order to receive higher reimbursem­ents, officials said.

The U.S. Department of Justice lawsuit, filed Thursday in federal court in S.F., consolidat­es allegation­s made in six whistleblo­wer complaints.

The lawsuit said Kaiser gamed the Medicare Advantage Plan system, known as Medicare Part C, which gives beneficiar­ies the option of enrolling in managed care insurance plans.

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