8 False Claims Act settlements so far in 2016

The following healthcare organizations entered into settlement agreements to resolve alleged violations of the False Claims Act since Jan. 1.

1. Boston Medical Center to pay $1.1M over billing errors
Boston Medical Center and two of its physician practices agreed to pay $1.1 million to resolve allegations that BMC improperly billed Medicaid and Medicare. The allegations were originally brought by Kathleen Haffernan, BMC's former chief compliance officer, under the whistle-blower provision of the False Claims Act.

2. 21st Century Oncology to pay $34.7M to settle false claims allegations
Fort Myers, Fla.-based 21st Century Oncology, the nation's largest physician-led integrated cancer care provider, agreed to pay the federal government $34.7 million to resolve allegations it performed and billed for procedures that were not medically necessary. The claims against 21st Century Oncology were originally brought under the whistle-blower provision of the False Claims Act by a former physicist at South Florida Radiation Oncology.

3. 51 hospitals pay $23M for alleged overuse of cardiac devices
The Department of Justice inked a deal for more than $23 million with 51 hospitals across the nation — including Cleveland Clinic and San Francisco-based Dignity Health hospitals — to settle False Claims Act allegations related to the implantation of cardiac devices in Medicare patients.

4. Adventist Health System to pay $2M for allegedly giving leftover chemo to patients
Altamonte Springs, Fla.-based Adventist Health System Sunbelt Healthcare agreed to pay the federal government $2.09 million to resolve allegations that patients at one of its hospitals were administered leftover portions of single-dose vials of chemotherapy drugs. Adventist self-disclosed some of the improper acts to the federal government, and a former Adventist employee brought the remaining allegations in a whistle-blower lawsuit filed under the False Claims Act.

5. Rose Radiology settles false claims allegations for $8.7M
Rose Radiology Centers in Tampa, Fla., agreed to pay the federal government $8.71 million to resolve allegations it violated the False Claims Act.

6. Norwalk Hospital to pay nearly $920k to settle false claims allegations
Norwalk Hospital in Fairfield County, Conn., agreed to pay the federal government $920,000 to settle accusations that it falsely billed Medicare while treating patients for osteoporosis.

7. Memorial University Medical Center reaches $9.89M false billing settlement
Memorial Health University Medical Center and its affiliates in Savannah, Ga., agreed to pay more than $9.89 million to settle unlawful referral allegations brought under the whistle-blower provision of the False Claims Act.

8. Kindred Healthcare to pay $125M in false claims settlement
Kindred Healthcare — the largest home therapy care provider in the U.S. — agreed to pay the federal government $125 million to settle allegations it knowingly allowed skilled nursing facilities to submit false claims to Medicare.

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