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DALLAS - A top federal prosecutor says a North Texas hospital has agreed to pay nearly $1 million dollars to settle allegations that it filed false Medicare claims.

U.S. Attorney James T. Jacks of Dallas said Monday that Arlington Memorial Hospital would pay just over $990,000 while not admitting wrongdoing in a civil case involving the federal False Claims Act. The Arlington hospital disclosed to the government in 2007 that a contract with a physicians group interpret heart blood tests potentially violated federal law.

An investigation revealed that the hospital continued to pay the doctors even though such tests no longer required professional interpretation. Attorney Jacks said Medicare reimbursed the hospital for those expenses from 2003 to 2007.

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