Boston Medical Center to pay $562,000 penalty for deceptive marketing
Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office filed the settlement in Suffolk Superior Court on Thursday. Coakley’s complaint alleges that BMC sent misleading letters to about 1,200 members of Neighborhood Health Plan and 1,400 Network Health members, falsely stating that it was necessary for the consumers to switch to BMC’s health plan to continue getting medical care at the hospital.
BMC has already sent a corrective letter to the consumers. The hospital agreed to pay $430,000 to the state’s MassHealth plan, $112,000 to Coakley’s consumer aid fund and $20,000 in legal fees.