SUMTER, S.C. - 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.

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Information from: The Sumter Item, http://www.theitem.com