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Kickbacks cost hospitals $2.6M in settlement with feds

A whistle-blowing cardiologist has cost two hospitals millions to settle claims that they engaged in an illegal kickback-for-referral scheme.

The settlement is to be paid by University Internal Medicine Associates, and Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati for two of its member hospitals (Fort Hamilton Hospital and The University Hospital).

The Dept. of Justice, alerted by a cardiologist at Fort Hamilton, alleged that the hospital referred patients to University Internal Medicine Associates at University Hospital, in return for those doctors performing specific surgical procedures at the hospital that were only allowed under a specific clinical trial.

The cardiologist whistle-blower will receive almost $500,000 of the settlement.

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