Community Health Systems, a for-profit hospital operator based in Franklin, Tenn., has agreed to pay nearly $98 million to the federal government, settling allegations that it submitted false claims for short-stay admissions that should have been billed as outpatient charges.

The Justice Department alleged that CHS admitted patients when it wasn’t medically necessary and then billed Medicare, Medicaid and the military’s Tricare program for those inpatient services. CHS and the Justice Department announced the settlement this week.

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