John Muir Health to pay $550k to settle whistle-blower lawsuit

Walnut Creek, Calif.-based John Muir Health has agreed to pay the federal government $550,000 to resolve allegations it violated the False Claims Act, according to the Department of Justice.

In its action against John Muir Health, the government alleged physicians who contracted with the system to deliver radiation therapy failed to adequately supervise the treatment. Proper supervision is a condition of payment for Medicare. The alleged violations of the False Claims Act occurred between Jan. 1, 2009, and Dec. 31, 2013.

A former employee of the health system originally brought the lawsuit under the qui tam, or whistle-blower, provision of the False Claims Act, according to the DOJ.

Although John Muir Health has agreed to this settlement, there has been no determination of liability in this case.

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