New York (Jan. 12, 2004) -- Ernst & Young said it intends to defend itself “vigorously” against a complaint filed against it by the U. S. attorney in Philadelphia related to health care consulting services it performed for nine hospitals from 1991 to 1995.

“Our work was fully consistent with professional standards and coding guidelines at the time,” the firm said. “We received a flat fee for the consulting work and in no way shared in or benefited from reimbursements received by the hospitals. We intend to defend the matter vigorously, and believe that the facts will show that our services were entirely proper.”

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