Pa. Hospital Network Pays $1.5M For FCA Kickbacks

Law360, New York (March 19, 2014, 5:15 PM EDT) -- West Penn Allegheny Health System Inc. will pay the federal government $1.5 million to end an investigation into False Claims Act violations it may have committed by offering doctors below-market leases that resembled kickbacks for referrals, prosecutors said Wednesday.

The deal, which stems from potential breaches that West Penn voluntarily disclosed, joins a long line of FCA settlements in recent years involving the increasingly close ties between hospitals and doctors who are being driven together by financial pressures.

Few details were released regarding the nature of...
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