MCSO issues statement regarding federal lawsuit settlement

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DURANT, OK -- The Medical Center of Southeastern Oklahoma is speaking out about a federal lawsuit settlement.

We told you Friday that MCSO and its parent company have agreed to settle a lawsuit for $1.5 million dollars.

The lawsuit alleges that a physician who practiced at the hospital from 2005 to 2010 performed services that were not medically necessary.

The hospital was accused of submitting inappropriate claims to Medicare and Medicaid.

MCSO says it denies the allegations in the lawsuit.

The hospital provided the following in a statement released to News 12 Saturday.

“We do not believe that the hospital submitted inappropriate claims and we did not admit to any wrongdoing or liability in this case. We negotiated the settlement to avoid the potential for long and more costly litigation.

The Medical Center of Southeastern Oklahoma is committed to providing quality care for patients. We have an excellent medical staff, including some outstanding doctors who have come to our community over the past couple of years. Our nursing team and other hospital employees are professional, compassionate caregivers who provide great care for their patients. Our hospital has been working to continuously improve quality and to increase the level of services available for local residents. For example, we were recently awarded Level III trauma status in our Emergency Department and also recently received stroke certification. Our goal is to provide quality care, close to home, for local residents and we will continue to do everything we can to earn their trust and confidence.

We have recently reinforced our compliance program with a new alert line and staff education. We are committed to acting with integrity for the good of our patients and to complying with government regulations.”

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