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      Attorney General reaches settlement with Carthage Hospital over Medicare billing

      A Watertown area hospital has settled a health care lawsuit alleging that they double-billed Medicare for hospital services, according to the Attorney General??s Office.

      Carthage Area Hospital will pay $750,000 to the United States after being accused of double-billing Medicare for operating room services and ambulatory services from September 1, 2006 through June 30, 2010.

      The settlement, while not as large as it could have been, was reached due to the full cooperation of Carthage during the investigation, according to the Attorney General??s Office.

      ??Health care fraud is a priority of the Department of Justice and this office. This settlement reflects an appropriate resolution of this case in light of the circumstances. We wish to recognize the full cooperation of Carthage throughout this investigation,?? says Attorney General Richard Hartunian.