Navigation Links
Oklahoma Hospital Group Pays U.S. $13 Million to Settle False Claims Act Allegations
Date:12/22/2009

WASHINGTON, Dec. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- St. John Health System, headquartered in Tulsa, Okla., has agreed to pay the United States $13,229,348.88 to settle allegations that it violated the False Claims Act, the Justice Department announced today.

The United Sates alleges that St. John submitted claims to Medicare and Medicaid that were tainted by the hospital's financial relationships with referring physicians. Specifically, the United States determined that St. John made payments to 23 individual physicians or physician groups to induce referrals for medical services.

Federal law prohibits healthcare providers like St. John from billing a federal health care program for referrals from doctors with whom the providers have a financial relationship, unless that relationship falls within certain exceptions. Additionally, the Anti-Kickback Statute prohibits the payment of kickbacks for the referral of services that are paid for under a federal health care program.

In April 2008, St. John submitted a self-disclosure report to the Department of Health and Human Service's Office of Inspector General that acknowledged that the physician agreements may have run afoul of federal law. The settlement announced today resulted from the company's disclosure.

"The resolution of this matter yielded a substantial recovery for taxpayers, and it underscores our commitment to ensure that services reimbursable by federal health care programs are based on the best interests of patients rather than the personal financial interests of referring physicians," said Tony West, Assistant Attorney General for the Department's Civil Division.

"This case reflects how we work with providers who self-disclose serious misconduct to efficiently and fairly reach a resolution that protects Federal health care programs and their beneficiaries," said Daniel R. Levinson, Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services.

The case was handled by the Department of Justice's Civil Division and the Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services.

SOURCE U.S. Department of Justice


'/>"/>
SOURCE U.S. Department of Justice
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Jody Nathan, Highly Regarded Tulsa Attorney, Named to 2009 Oklahoma Super Lawyers List
2. Oklahoma Thunder Inserts HydroWorx into Line-Up at Integris Health Center
3. Oklahoma scientists discover promising new path for treating traumas
4. Oklahoma Medics Embracing iB Web Service
5. State of Oklahoma Offers Invisible Bracelet Health Benefit
6. Surgical Hospital of Oklahoma to Partner with Surgical Care Affiliates
7. What Oklahomans Should Know About Cataract Surgery
8. Oklahoma Drug Card Savings Surpasses $3.8 Million
9. Wanted: Oklahoma City Licensed Pharmacy Technicians
10. National Report Ranks Oklahoma as a Top State for Mental Health Services
11. OU Physicians, Oklahoma City, OK -- a 10 Year Review
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/24/2016)... ... May 24, 2016 , ... To better understand the ... research award to examine gender differences in lung cancer. Today, the Lung Association announced ... Lung Cancer in Women Award, funded by the American Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE initiative, ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... ... , ... Jericho Project has named LaToya Williams-Belfort to the position of Chief ... and communications for the nationally-acclaimed nonprofit, working closely with CEO Tori Lyon and the ... at its roots. , “LaToya Williams-Belfort is joining Jericho at an exciting time ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... ... May 24, 2016 , ... ... at Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center located in Woodbridge, VA. The project ... services into a single site. , The new 2 story building houses the ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... ... 24, 2016 , ... Regenerative Medicine is being transformed by ongoing research and ... protocols and patient results as have been achieved with Okyanos Cell Therapy ... of care for patients worldwide. , As the Medical Advisory Chairman at Okyanos, Eric ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... May 24, 2016 , ... Boyd Industries, ... Concealed Delivery Unit® (CDU), a groundbreaking new product for pediatric dentistry , at ... Dentistry in San Antonio, TX May 26-29. The Concealed Delivery Unit keeps dental hand ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/23/2016)... According to a new ... Product (Wheelchair, Scooters, Medical Beds, Bathroom Safety, Mechanical, ... Wound), Accessories (Lifting, Transfer) & by End User ... MarketsandMarkets, the patient handling equipment market is expected ... a CAGR of 10.5% during the forecast period ...
(Date:5/23/2016)... YORK , May 23, 2016 ... Spectrometry Market Size, Share, Development, Growth and Demand ... (Hybrid, Single and Other), by Application (Drug Discovery ... by End Users (Pharmaceuticals, Life Science and Biotechnology, ... by P&S Market Research, the global mass ...
(Date:5/23/2016)... , UAE, May 23, 2016 ... the importance of Precision Medicine and the role ...     The First International Conference of ... under the distinguished patronage and presence of Sheikh Nahyan bin ... conference focused in Precision Medicine, which helps provide personalized medicine ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: