South Carolina's Tuomey Healthcare Appeals Stark Law Fine

Tuomey Healthcare System in Sumter, S.C., has appealed a ruling by a federal court to award to the government nearly $45 million for alleged violation of Stark Law by the hospital, arguing its behavior was consistent with guidance by CMS for complying with Stark Law, according to an AHA News Now report.

The American Hospital Association has joined in Tuomey's cause by filing an amicus brief in support of the health system. The brief argues that hospitals must be able to rely on CMS for guidance in complying with Stark Law, and not worry that conduct consistent with this guidance could later be disclaimed by the Department of Justice.

The brief also argued that the court did not analyze whether the award to the government was "equitable," stating that the government provided no proof of specific services provided that violated Stark Law, according to the brief.

Read the AHA News Now report on Tuomey Healthcare.

Read previous coverage on Tuomey Healthcare:

- South Carolina's Tuomey Hospital Seeks to Stop Retrial of Alleged False Claims Violations

Tuomey Hospital to Pay $45M for Stark Violations, Face New False Claims Act Violations Trial

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