5 recent whistle-blower lawsuits in the healthcare industry

The following is a roundup of recent lawsuits and settlements involving cases filed under the qui tam, or whistle-blower, provisions of the False Claims Act, beginning with the most recent.

1. Texas hospital to pay $21.75M to settle Stark Law allegations
Citizens Medical Center in Victoria, Texas, agreed to pay the federal government $21.75 million to settle allegations it violated the False Claims Act and Stark Law by having improper financial relationships with referring physicians. The lawsuit was filed under the whistle-blower provisions of the False Claims Act.

2. IU Health hit with $100M false claims lawsuit: 5 things to know
Indianapolis-based IU Health is facing a False Claims Act lawsuit, which was filed under the statute's whistle-blower provisions, alleging the system engaged in a fraud scheme that put low-income pregnant woman and their newborn babies at risk.

3. Florida hospital chain settles false claims allegations for $5.4M
Altamonte Springs, Fla.-based nonprofit Adventist Health System Sunbelt Healthcare entered into a $5.4 million settlement, which partially resolved allegations made by Michael Montejo, MD, a radiation oncologist and former of employee of Orlando-based Florida Oncology Network under the whistle-blower provisions of the False Claims Act.

4. Medtronic settles false claims lawsuit over government contracts
Minneapolis-based Medtronic agreed to pay the federal government $4.4 million to resolve allegations brought under the whistle-blower provisions of the False Claims Act.

5. Nation's largest provider of HIV/AIDS medical care hit with kickback lawsuit
AIDS Healthcare Foundation was hit with a False Claims Act lawsuit alleging it gave illegal incentives to employees and patients. Three former managers of AHF filed the lawsuit under the whistle-blower provisions of the False Claims Act.

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