Columbia, SC (WLTX, AP) - A federal judgment against Tuomey Heathcare for filing false Medicare claims has been reduced by $39 million.
Judge Margaret Seymour Tuesday revised her earlier ruling against Tuomey to impose a penalty of $237.4 million against the Sumter-based hospital. Previous Coverage: Penalty Judgment Issued Against Tuomey
Federal prosecutors filed a motion to change the original judgment of $276 million because they said there appeared to be a clerical error that duplicated $39 million of the penalty.
Tuomey Healthcare also filed a motion for a new trial, but that was denied Tuesday.
A federal jury found in May that Tuomey signed doctors to lucrative, part-time contracts to ensure that they would get referral fees associated with those physicians' procedures, which is an illegal kickback under Medicare law.
Prosecutors said Tuomey collected $39 million in fraudulent Medicare claims between 2005 and 2009 based on those doctors' procedures. Tuomey's lawyers argued the contracts were legal and were part of the hospital's effort to serve a medically undeserved community.
Toumey Healthcare leaders say they will appeal the decision.