Healthcare News & Insights

Hospital system lands in hot water for referral practices

Your hospital must be careful with the payment agreements it makes with associated doctors and practices, especially regarding referrals. Reason: If these arrangements don’t comply with the law, hefty penalties could result. One hospital system just found that out the hard way. 

Hospital System Pays $9.3M to resolve FCA and Stark violations

Freeman Health System, a healthcare provider and hospital system in Joplin, MO, agreed to pay $9,316,139 to put an end to allegations that it knowingly provided incentive pay to physicians in a way that violated the Stark Law and False Claims Act. 

Hospital hit with $3.8M fine for fraud

Ohio Valley Health Services and Education Corp. has agreed to pay $3.8 million in fines to settle allegations of Medicare and Medicaid fraud.

Hospital fines could top $275m for Stark, False Claims violations

One hospital system will have to pay at least $45 million — and potentially up to $275 million — in fines for allegedly making illegal agreements with doctors.

Excess doc pay leads to $4.5M settlement

An Iowa hospital has agreed to pay $4.5 million to settle charges about misusing Medicare funds to compensate certain doctors.