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      Tuomey Hospital appeals judge's $70M reserve order

      Tuomey Healthcare System


      SUMTER, S.C. (AP) -- A Sumter hospital is challenging a judge's order that it come up with $20 million to continue to appeal a $240 million judgment against it.


      The Sumter Item reports (http://bit.ly/1k3AALt ) that Tuomey Healthcare System on Monday asked the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to lower the amount it must keep in reserves.


      Earlier this month, a South Carolina federal judge ruled Tuomey must set aside $70 million to continue its appeal. The hospital has already set aside $50 million.


      A jury ruled last year that Tuomey made more than 21,000 false Medicare claims from 2005 to 2009. The hospital was ordered to pay almost $240 million in reimbursement and fines.


      Tuomey is appealing the ruling, saying it would have to close if it had to pay the full amount.

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