Texas Hospital Inks $18M Deal To End False Claims Fight

By Adam Lidgett (December 2, 2021, 6:59 PM EST) -- A Texas hospital will pony up $18.2 million to end accusations that it flouted federal law when it sold shares of the partly doctor-owned hospital to certain physicians based on their referrals of patients to the facility, the U.S. Department of Justice said Thursday.

The settlement with Flower Mound Hospital Partners LLC resolves a False Claims Act suit that the federal government intervened in, but which was initially filed by one of the hospital's physician owners, Leslie Jennings.

"Improper financial arrangements between hospitals and physicians can distort physician decision-making and drive up health care costs for everybody," acting Assistant Attorney General...

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