Florida Hospitals Face FCA Suit Over Kickback Scheme

Law360, New York (October 23, 2014, 5:46 PM EDT) -- A whistleblower complaint unsealed in Florida federal court on Wednesday alleges that the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Hospital Inc. and the Zephyrhills Health & Rehab Center nursing home filed false claims to defraud federal health care programs.

The complaint, which was filed in February, claims the cancer center and two nursing homes — Zephyrhills along with Zephyr Haven Health & Rehab Center Inc. — conspired with Hernando-Pasco Hospice to enter an illegal kickback arrangement in violation of state and federal False Claims Act laws.

The federal government declined to intervene in the case last week.

"All defendants knowingly...

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