St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital will pay a big fine to settle charges it bilked taxpayers

ST. LUKE’S-Roosevelt Hospital Center used “billing shenanigans” to bilk taxpayers out of millions of dollars in Medicare and Medicaid payments, prosecutors said the hospital admitted Thursday.

St. Luke’s will pay more than $2.3 million in damages and civil penalties to the feds and the state to settle a federal lawsuit, prosecutors said.

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U.S Attorney Preet Bharara said the medical center bilked taxpayers.

The Morningside Heights hospital improperly billed Medicare and Medicaid for psychiatric services it provided at an outpatient mental health clinic from 1998 to 2010, according to the suit that was filed and settled Thursday.

“St. Luke’s engaged in billing shenanigans that siphoned millions of taxpayer dollars out of … programs intended to benefit elderly and low-income individuals,” Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said.

The hospital said the billing issues “overwhelmingly” date from 1999 to 2002. The hospital is “firmly committed to compliance and integrity in our billing” and cooperated fully with the feds’ review, it said.