7 latest False Claims Act settlements

The following hospitals, health systems and healthcare companies entered into settlement agreements to resolve alleged violations of the False Claims Act since September.

1. 457 hospitals to pay $250M for alleged overuse of implantable cardiac devices
The Department of Justice inked a deal for more than $250 million with 457 hospitals across the nation — including hospitals from systems such as Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems, Nashville, Tenn.-based Hospital Corporation of America and Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare — to settle allegations related to cardiac devices that were implanted in Medicare patients in violation of Medicare coverage requirements.

2. Millennium Health inks $256M deal to settle kickback, false claims allegations
San Diego-based Millennium Health, formerly Millennium Laboratories, agreed to pay the federal government $256 million to resolve claims the company violated the False Claims Act and the Anti-Kickback Statute.

3. UC Health, West Chester Hospital to pay $4.1M to resolve false claims allegations
Cincinnati-based West Chester Hospital and its parent company, UC Health, agreed to pay $4.1 million to settle allegations that West Chester violated the False Claims Act by billing Medicare and Medicaid for medically unnecessary spine surgeries.

4. Tuomey dodges $237M false claims verdict by settling with DOJ: 10 things to know
Tuomey Healthcare System agreed to pay the federal government $72.4 million to settle False Claims Act allegations, allowing the Sumter, S.C.-based system to avoid a $237 million judgment entered against it and upheld by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in July.

5. Delaware hospital to pay $4M to settle improper billing case
St. Francis Hospital in Wilmington, Del., agreed to pay the federal government and the state of Delaware more than $4 million to resolve improper billing issues.

6. Adventist Health System to pay record-breaking $118.7M to settle improper physician compensation claims
Altamonte Springs, Fla.-based Adventist Health System agreed to pay $118.7 million to the federal government and to the states of Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas to settle allegations it violated the False Claims Act by maintaining improper compensation arrangements with referring physicians.

7. Florida hospital district to pay $69.5M to settle Stark Law, False Clams Act allegations
North Broward Hospital District, a special taxing district of the state of Florida that operates hospitals and other healthcare facilities, agreed to pay the federal government $69.5 million to settle allegations it violated the False Claims Act by engaging in improper financial relationships with physicians.

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