Navigation Links
Savannah's Memorial Health University Medical Center to Pay U.S. $5.08 Million to Resolve Fraud Allegations

WASHINGTON, April 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Memorial Health, Inc., parent company of Memorial Health University Medical Center, a hospital headquartered in Savannah, Ga., has agreed to pay the United States $5.08 million to settle allegations that it defrauded the federal Medicare program, the Justice Department announced today.

The settlement resolves allegations that the medical center violated the Medicare self-referral prohibition, commonly known as the Stark Law. The Stark Law prohibits doctors from referring patients to hospitals from whom they receive compensation that is not commercially reasonable or that exceeded the fair market value of their services. Here, the government had alleged that between January 2003 and December 2006, Memorial had compensated employee ophthalmologists at levels that were not commercially reasonable and that exceeded the fair market value of the ophthalmologists' services.

"Today's settlement demonstrates that the Department of Justice is committed to ensuring that the Medicare program is not overcharged by providers who fail to comply with the prohibitions in the Stark Law," said Jeffrey S. Bucholtz, Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Department's Civil Division.

The civil settlement agreement released today resolves allegations against the medical center that were filed by Dr. Ryan Boland in a federal lawsuit brought under the federal False Claims Act. The False Claims Act permits private citizens to bring lawsuits alleging fraud on behalf of the United States and to share in any recovery. Under the settlement, Dr. Boland will receive $889,000.

"This settlement reflects the Department of Justice's commitment to the enforcement of the Stark Law, thereby ensuring that the integrity of the Medicare reimbursement process is maintained," said Edmund A. Booth Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia.

In connection with the settlement, Memorial has entered into a Certification of Compliance Agreement with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General. The Certification of Compliance Agreement contains provisions intended to ensure compliance with Medicare regulations and policies in the future.

The settlement with the medical center was the result of a coordinated effort in investigating and resolving the allegations among the Justice Department's Civil Division's Commercial Litigation Branch; the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Georgia, Civil Division; and the Savannah, Ga. office of the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General.

SOURCE U.S. Department of Justice
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. More Than 1,000 Childrens Memorial Hospital Patients, Physicians, Elected Officials, Donors and Staff Gather to Break Ground on the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Childrens Hospital of Chicago
2. Kristin Chenoweth to Perform Benefit Concert for 3 Angels Memorial Fund titled, Kristin Chenoweth, This Ones Personal: A Concert to Stop ACD
3. Northwestern Memorial Successfully Completes Rare Four-Way Domino Paired Kidney Exchange Transplant Surgery
4. Preliminary Data From Pitt County Memorial Hospital Study Show Benefit of Active Surveillance on Reducing MRSA VAP Rates in Surgical ICU
5. MemorialCare Joins Forces with Physician Partners to Advocate for a Balanced, Fiscally Responsible Healthcare System
6. Northwestern Memorial Hospital, CAPS, and p4ps Host Consumer Forum to Advance Partnerships to Improve Healthcare Patient Safety
7. DermTech Adds Allan C. Halpern, MD, Chief of Dermatology at Memorial Sloan- Kettering Cancer Center, to Companys Melanoma Advisory Board
8. The Wallick Companies Establish Sanford Goldston Memorial Fund
9. McGuire Memorial to Host Annual Gala and Auction Event
10. Lauren Debrauwere Released from Northwestern Memorial Hospital
11. MemorialCare Sponsors Habitat for Humanity Santa Ana Home
Post Your Comments:
(Date:6/27/2016)... Brooklyn, NY (PRWEB) , ... June 27, 2016 ... ... is using cutting edge technology to revolutionize the emergency ambulance transport experience for ... Many are aware of how Uber has disrupted the taxi industry through the ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... June 26, 2016 , ... Pixel Film ... Pro X. , "Film editors can give their videos a whole new perspective by ... Austin - CEO of Pixel Film Studios. , ProSlice Levels contains over 30 ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Experts from the American Institutes for Research ... June 26-28, 2016, at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston. , AIR experts ... planning, healthcare costs and patient and family engagement. , AIR researchers will be ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... ... First Choice Emergency Room , the largest network of independent freestanding emergency ... its new Mesquite-Samuell Farm facility. , “We are pleased to announce Dr. Ogunleye ... M. Muzzarelli, Executive Medical Director of First Choice Emergency Room. , Dr. Ogunleye ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... Conventional wisdom preaches the benefits of moderation, ... the latter, setting the bar too high can result in disappointment, perhaps even self-loathing. ... toward their goal. , Research from reveals that behind the ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... -- Research and Markets has announced ... Applications, Technologies, Forecasts" report to their offering. ... Smart Skin, Structural Health Monitoring, Composite Smart Structures, ... involves electronic and/or electrical components and circuits that ... such as vehicle bodies or conformally placed upon ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... and SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. , June 24, 2016 ... mobile pulmonary function testing company, is now able to perform sophisticated ... by ndd Medical Technologies , Inc. Patients ... hospital-based labs.  Thanks to ndd,s EasyOne PRO ® , ARL patients ... get any needed testing done in the comfort of her own ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... Mass. , June 24, 2016   Pulmatrix, ... pharmaceutical company developing innovative inhaled drugs, announced today that ... Russell Investments reconstituted its comprehensive set of ... "This is an important milestone for Pulmatrix," ... will increase shareholder awareness of our progress in developing ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: