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Florida Hospital pays over $7 million to settle False Claims Act violations due to doctor referrals
The Baptist Health South Florida Inc., will pay the United States $7,775,000 to settle False Claims Act and the Stark Statute violations that allegedly occurred between 2003 and 2005. According to the Department of Justice this probe involved Baptist Health South Florida, over compensating an oncology group for patient referrals to Baptist's hospitals. The payments were made pursuant to a contract under which the oncology group provided physics and dosimetry services to the two hospitals.
The Stark Statute prevents Medicare providers like Baptist from billing the federal health care program for referrals from doctors that have a financial relationship with the provider. There are a few exceptions for the Stark Statute.
Click here to read more from the Department of Justice and the Sun Herald on this False Claims Act settlement.
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