I am almost betting one could audit almost hospital today and find items as such and perhaps not as high as this, but when you go back and run audit tables over what has been done over the years, this is what happens.
Just as a footnote, this is where the John Wayne Cancer Institute is located which is one of the most comprehensive centers for advancing surgical oncology and is supported largely with donations. BD
A Santa Monica hospital has agreed to pay the federal government $5.25 million to resolve allegations it submitted inflated claims to Medicare.
Federal prosecutors say from 1996 through 2003, Saint John's Health Center engaged in "turbocharging," meaning it dramatically increased charges billed to Medicare for care provided to hospital inpatients far in excess of any increase in costs associated with that care.