Hospital Billed Medicare $39M In False Claims, Jury Finds

Law360, New York (May 9, 2013, 4:46 PM EDT) -- A South Carolina hospital system defrauded Medicare to the tune of $39 million by submitting false claims for services provided under referrals from doctors with whom it had financial ties, a federal jury decided Wednesday in a case brought to light by a physician whistleblower.

Tuomey Healthcare System Inc. ran afoul of the Stark Law through its contracts with doctors and ended up billing 21,730 times in violation of the False Claims Act, the jury ruled.

A penalty was not immediately determined. E. Bart Daniel, counsel...
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