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Yale Settles Medical Bills Probe

September 9, 1998

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ Yale University’s medical school will pay $5.6 million to the federal government, the state and private insurance companies to settle a three-year investigation into double billing.

Yale will pay approximately $2.5 million to the state, $1.9 million to private insurers, and $1.2 million to the federal government, the U.S Attorney’s office said Tuesday.

Yale also will file advertisements in area newspapers this week to attempt to notify patients who may be entitled to an estimated $620,000 in refunds. Patients treated between 1991 and 1995 may be eligible, but exact numbers were not available.

Yale admitted no wrongdoing but acknowledged billing errors it blamed on ``faulty administrative and inadequate computer systems.″ The school said it is voluntarily investing about $15 million in its billing computers.

The insurance companies that were overbilled include Aetna, Travelers, Prudential, Blue Cross & Blue Shield, and Metropolitan.

A longtime employee went to the federal government with allegations that patients were paying bills that had already been paid by government or private insurers.

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