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CA hospital chain’s bill to Medicare raises suspicion

“Prime Healthcare Services bills Medicare for a variety of unusual ailments – among them a brain disease and a condition causing eyes to bleed – that can generate lucrative payments to the chain.

A California Watch analysis of newly released data shows that the chain’s Medicare billing for these disorders is far more aggressive than at other California hospitals. Prime also led the state in billing for a rare nerve disorder, documenting the majority of cases last year.”

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