US Intervenes In $150M FCA Suit Against Fla. Hospital

Law360, Miami (December 20, 2013, 6:37 PM EST) -- The U.S. government intervened Thursday in a False Claims Act suit in Florida district court, in which a Punta Gorda, Fla., hospital's former CEO is alleging that a kickback scheme with local doctors has cost federal health care programs between $100 million and $150 million.

In the suit, filed in 2011, relator Bradley Nurkin, the former CEO of Punta Gorda HMA LLC, also known as the Charlotte Regional Medical Center, says the hospital provided payments to local physicians' groups in exchange for patient referrals and hospital...
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