Baptist Health Settles False Claims Allegations For $2.5M

Jacksonville, Fla.-based Baptist Health System has agreed to pay $2.5 million to settle allegations its subsidiaries violated the False Claims Act, according to the Department of Justice.

The lawsuit alleged two neurologists in the Baptist Health network submitted claims for reimbursement to Medicare, Medicaid, TRICARE and the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program for medically unnecessary procedures and drugs.

After discovering the two neurologists were misdiagnosing patients and submitting false claims to government programs, Baptist Health placed the physicians on leave but did not inform the government of the fraud until almost a year later, according to the report.

The lawsuit was filed by a former Baptist Health employee under the qui tam or whistle-blower provision of the False Claims Act.

Although Baptist Health has agreed to this settlement, there has been no determination of liability, according to the report.

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