2 Montana Hospitals to Pay $3.95M for Alleged Stark Law Violations

Two Montana hospitals have agreed to pay a combined $3.95 million to settle federal allegations they violated the Stark Law and False Claims Act by improperly incentivizing physicians who made referrals to the hospitals.

St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings and Holy Rosary Healthcare in Miles City allegedly paid several physicians incentive pay that factored the value or volume of physicians' referrals. The hospitals disclosed the issues to the government.

A timeframe for the alleged activity was not provided, nor was a breakdown of each hospital's respective settlement payment.

St. Vincent and Holy Rosary are both part of Denver-based Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System.

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