Hospital System Pays $85 Million for Violating the Stark Law
The Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced that Halifax Hospital Medical Center and Halifax Staffing Inc. (collectively referred to as Halifax) has settled with the government for $85 million for allegations of violating the False Claims Act and the Physician Self-Referral Law (also known as the Stark Law). Specifically, the government alleged that Halifax knowingly violated the Stark Law by including an incentive bonus in six medical oncologists’ contracts that inappropriately included the value of prescription drugs and tests that the oncologists ordered. Further, the government alleged that Halifax knowingly paid three neurosurgeons more than fair market value.
Halifax has also agreed to enter into a Corporate Integrity Agreement with the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG). The investigation and litigation was carried out by the Justice Department’s Civil Division, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida and the OIG.
The DOJ article is available at: http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2014/March/14-civ-252.html
Department of Justice. “Florida Hospital System Agrees to Pay the Government $85 Million to Settle Allegations of Improper Financial Relationships with Referring Physicians.” 11 Mar. 2014.