Fla. Hospital Gets Kickback Claims Booted From FCA Suit

Law360, New York (January 9, 2014, 1:26 PM EST) -- A Florida federal judge ruled on Wednesday that Halifax Hospital Medical Center did not violate the False Claims Act's Anti-Kickback Statute by paying bonuses to referring physicians, but he said it still must face claims that it admitted Medicare patients for needless overnight stays.

U.S. District Judge Gregory A. Presnell granted partial summary judgment to Halifax on the claim that its bonus arrangement with certain oncologists violated the Anti-Kickback Statute, finding that relator Elin Baklid-Kunz failed to establish that the physicians did not fall under the...
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