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 ( ) 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.