Medicor and Hamot agree to pay $20.7 million settlement

A long-running federal lawsuit involving an Erie cardiology practice and UPMC Hamot has been settled.  The practice, 'Medicor Associations Incorporated' and Hamot agree to pay $20.7 million. 

The money will mainly go to the federal government, as the suit involves Medicare and Medicaid payments. The plaintiff in the case, Doctor Tullio Emanuele, practiced with Medicor from 2001 to 2005.  He claims that Hamot violated federal law between 2004 and 2010 by submitting claims to Medicare, while the hospital was still paying Medicor, an independent physician-owned group, millions of dollars a year.

The settlement was reached by all parties November 7th, avoiding trial.

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