Intermountain Healthcare to Pay $25M to Settle Alleged Stark Law Violations

Salt Lake City-based Intermountain Healthcare has agreed to pay $25.5 million to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act and Stark Law through improper relationships with referring physicians.

The settlement stems from Intermountain's disclosure of issues with its physicians to the government, including alleged employment agreements under which the physicians received bonuses that improperly took into account the value of some of their patient referrals.

Intermountain's office leases and compensation arrangements with referring physicians also allegedly violated other requirements of Stark Law.

In the release, a special agent from HHS' Office of Inspector General "applauded" the system for "recognizing [its] liability and coming forward to self-disclose these violations."

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