Medical school in federal fraud probe

May 30, 2010 at 4:46 PM

DALLAS, May 30 (UPI) -- The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas may have committed Medicare and Medicaid fraud, investigators say.

A federal investigation has already found millions of dollars in false billings to the government programs for the elderly, disabled and poor, The Dallas Morning News reported Sunday.

Investigators are looking at whether UT Southwestern, one of the country's leading medical schools, billed the government for services faculty physicians did not actually perform while working at Parkland, UT Southwestern's main teaching hospital, the newspaper said.

At question is whether physicians billed Medicare for services actually provided by doctors in training, known as residents, supposedly under their supervision.

In February, an internal UT Southwestern internal audit found "systemic failure" in its compliance with billing laws and said the medical center lacked controls to prevent fraud.

Medicare and Medicaid are major sources of funding for both UT Southwestern and Parkland, the Morning News said.

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