Wednesday, April 3, 2013
St. Luke's University Health Network was accused of submitting Medicare claims for management services and patient evaluations when they were not permitted.
Wednesday, April 3
The St. Luke’s University Health Network has agreed to pay the United States more than $1 million to resolve allegations that it mistakenly submitted improper Medicare claims over 10 years, the U.S. Attorney’s office in Harrisburg announced Wednesday. Network hospitals, including St. Luke’s University Hospital in Fountain Hill, allegedly submitted claims for evaluation and management services not allowable under Medicare between January 2002 and June 2012. The total payment was for $1,029,791. Medicare does not normally allow payments for patient evaluation or management services “unless the service is significant, separately identifiable, and above and beyond the usual preoperative and postoperative care associated with the procedure,” …
Thursday, December 13, 2012
A Bethlehem man was shot and seriously injured at the Comfort Inn in Bethlehem Township, police say.
A Bethlehem man who was staying at the Comfort Inn on Highfield Drive in Bethlehem Township was shot Wednesday evening and the two assailants fled. Manuel Rodriguez-Valcarcel, 30, of 756 Dellwood St. in Bethlehem was hit at least once --in the leg -- but might also have been hit in the stomach, according to Bethlehem Township Sgt. Rick Blake. He was transported by ambulance to St. Luke's University Hospital in Fountain Hill, where he was in serious condition, Blake said. The report of the shooting came in at 6:19 p.m. Both assailants had guns and multiple shots were fired at Rodriguez-Valcarcel in a hotel hallway near the lobby, Blake said. It is believed that the only witnesses were Rodriguez-Valcarcel and the woman he was with at the …
Friday, November 2, 2012
Much of the nearby borough of Fountain Hill and surrounding South Bethlehem neighborhoods remain without power in the wake of high winds that brought down utility poles and trees Monday night.
Tiny Uncas Street lies near the border between Bethlehem and Fountain Hill. A leafy lane lined with attractive townhomes, the thoroughfare that is far from isolated currently looks more like a war zone than a residential side street, with a massive fallen tree blocking one end of it near Delaware Avenue. Four days after Superstorm Sandy struck the region, Uncas Street remains closed to traffic, with nary a PPL truck or worker in sight late Friday morning. Meanwhile, power is still out to the surrounding neighborhood, and much of the Borough of Fountain Hill. PPL crews have already restored power to St. Luke's University Hospital. Just a few blocks away, utility lines, pieces of pole and metal transformer parts litter the one block of Uncas…
Friday, June 22, 2012
St. Luke's University Hospital says it needs more time to reach an agreement with Norfolk Southern Railroad before it relocates Riverside Drive.
The Salisbury Township Commissioners unanimously granted St. Luke's University Hospital an extension for their $15 million Riverside Drive relocation project. St. Luke’s plans to relocate Riverside Drive and Norfolk Southern railroad tracks to create an alternate route to the hospital's Fountain Hill location. The project would also allow for better access to the new Lehigh County Detox Center and Walking Purchase Park. Attorney Erich Schock, of Fitzpatrick, Lentz & Bubba said St. Luke's is still negotiating with Norfolk Southern and needs more time. "Without Norfolk Southern, we can't move forward, " said Schock. The extension granted for the plan expires in June 2013. "Sometimes progress moves slowly, " said Commissioner President …