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Published July 02, 2013, 03:01 PM

Justice: Hospitals to pay $34 million settlement

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Fifty-five hospitals in 21 states have agreed to pay $34 million to the U.S. government to settle allegations that they used more expensive inpatient procedures rather than outpatient spinal surgeries to get bigger payments from Medicare, the U.S. Justice Department said Tuesday.

By: JIM SALTER,Associated Press, Associated Press

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