4 biggest Anti-Kickback settlements involving hospitals in 2018

Here are four of the largest Anti-Kickback Statute settlements hospitals agreed to pay in 2018, as reported by Becker's Hospital Review:

1. CHS subsidiary to pay $262M to settle fraud probe
Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems subsidiary Health Management Associates agreed to pay the federal government $262 million to settle fraudulent billing and kickback allegations.

2. Montana hospital pays $24M to settle ex-CFO's whistle-blower suit
Kalispell (Mont.) Regional Healthcare System and six subsidiaries and related entities agreed to pay the federal government $24 million to resolve allegations they violated the False Claims Act, Stark Law and the Anti-Kickback Statute.

3. UPMC Hamot, cardiology practice ink $20.7M settlement in kickback case
UPMC Hamot and cardiology practice Medicor Associates, both in Erie, Pa., finalized an agreement to pay the federal government $20.7 million to settle allegations they knowingly submitted claims to Medicare and Medicaid in violation of the Anti-Kickback Statute and Stark Law.

4. New York health system pays $15.6M to settle billing fraud case
LaGrangeville, N.Y.-based Health Quest Systems and certain of its subsidiaries have agreed to pay more than $14.7 million to the federal government and an additional $895,427 to the state of New York to resolve False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback Statute allegations.

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