US Government Says Fla. Hospital Can't Nix FCA Suit

Law360, New York (July 8, 2013, 1:16 PM EDT) -- Federal prosecutors urged a Florida court Wednesday to preserve their claims in False Claims Act litigation accusing Halifax Hospital Medical Center of paying kickbacks and admitting Medicare patients for needless overnight stays, saying Halifax's financial relationships with several physicians don't follow federal physician referral law.

The government says its six-count complaint alleging Halifax's compensation agreements with some physicians violated the FCA shouldn't be tossed because Halifax hasn't shown that the financial relationships meet any exceptions to the Stark Law, which prohibits health care providers from having...
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