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Chicago Hospital to Pay More Than $1.5 Million to Resolve Medicare False Claims Act Allegations
Date:3/9/2010

"The Justice Department is committed to investigating cases that threaten the integrity of the Medicare program," said Tony West, Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department's Civil Division." The department will continue to protect patients by pursuing hospitals that have improper financial relationships with physicians."

Rush is one of several defendants in a suit brought in 2004 by two individuals under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act, which permit private citizens with knowledge of fraud against the government to bring a lawsuit on behalf of the United States and to share in any recovery. The lawsuit, in part, involves allegations that Rush entered into prohibited financial relationships with certain physicians. Under the civil settlement announced today, the whistleblowers, Dr. Robert Goldberg and June Beecham, will receive $270,760.

This settlement is part of the government's emphasis on combating health care fraud. One of the most powerful tools in that effort is the False Claims Act, which the Justice Department has used to recover approximately $2.3 billion since January 2009 in cases involving fraud against federal health care programs. The Justice Department's total recoveries in False Cla
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