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The protocol instructs healthcare providers what to do if they discover actions violate federal fraud and abuse laws.

Among the changes since 2008, the OIG narrowed the SDP's scope regarding the physician self-referral law, established a minimum settlement amount and established guidelines for providers' initial submissions in the disclosure process.

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CHICAGO – The owner and another senior executive of Sacred Heart Hospital and four physicians affiliated with the west side facility were arrested today for allegedly conspiring to pay and receive illegal kickbacks, including more than $225,000 in cash, along with other forms of payment, in exchange for the referral of patients insured by Medicare and Medicaid to the hospital.Agents from the FBI and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General today also began executing search and seizure warrants in connection with an ongoing investigation of alleged Medicare and Medicaid fraud schemes at the hospital involving emergency room evaluation, testing and observation services that were not medically necessary, as well as medically unnecessary sedation, intubation and tracheotomy procedures performed on patients. Approximately $2 million in Medicare reimbursement payments was seized today from various bank accounts.Kickback ConspiracyA 90-page affidavit in support of the criminal complaint...

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Intermountain Health Care Inc. has agreed to pay the United States $25.5 million to settle claims that it violated the Stark Statute and the False Claims Act by engaging in improper financial relationships with referring physicians, the Justice Department announced today. Intermountain operates the largest health system in the state of Utah. The Stark Statute restricts the financial relationships that hospitals may have with doctors who refer patients to them. The relationships at issue in this matter that the United States alleged were prohibited by the Stark Statute included employment agreements under which the physicians received bonuses that improperly took into account the value of some of their patient referrals; and office leases and compensation arrangements between Intermountain and referring physicians that violated other requirements of the Stark Statute. These issues were disclosed to the government by Intermountain. “The Department of Justice has longstanding concerns about improper financial...

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NEWARK, N.J. – The Cooper Health System has agreed with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey and the State of New Jersey to pay $12.6 million to settle allegations that it violated the federal False Claims Act and New Jersey False Claims Act by making improper payments to physicians under so-called “consulting” and “compensation” agreements as it sought to build its cardiology program. U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman, Executive Assistant N.J. Attorney General John Hoffman, and Thomas O’Donnell, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service's Office of Inspector General region that includes New Jersey, announced the settlement, which was unsealed today. “Payments to outside physicians by hospitals require heightened scrutiny because those payments may be improper if they are based on patient referrals,” said U.S. Attorney Fishman. “Such kickback arrangements interfere with the physician-patient relationship and can lead to problems of overutilization and increased...

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WASHINGTON - The government has intervened in eight False Claims Act lawsuits against Health Management Associates Inc. (HMA) alleging that HMA billed federal health care programs for medically unnecessary inpatient admissions from the emergency departments at HMA hospitals and paid remuneration to physicians in exchange for patient referrals, the Justice Department announced today. The government also has joined in the allegations in one of these lawsuits that Gary Newsome, HMA's former CEO, directed HMA's corporate practice of pressuring emergency department physicians and hospital administrators to raise inpatient admission rates, regardless of medical necessity. HMA operates 71 hospitals in 15 states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Washington and West Virginia.

Concerning an arrangement in which a hospital pays a cardiology group compensation that includes a performance bonus based on implementing certain patient service, quality, and cost savings measures associated with procedures performed at the hospital's cardiac catheterization laboratories.

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Concerning a hospital's proposal to provide free access to an electronic interface to community physicians and physician practices that would allow those physicians and practices to transmit orders for certain services to, and receive the results of those services from, the hospital.

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The OIG alleged that ForTec provided customers (including physicians) an all-expense paid trip to the Masters Golf Tournament. The OIG concluded that the trips were intended to induce referrals.

The OIG alleged that CMC paid remuneration to three orthopedists in the form of improper payments for on-call coverage, malpractice insurance, travel reimbursement, and overpayments under an income guarantee agreement.

The OIG alleged that the problematic arrangements included leases with doctors, medical directorships, personal services contracts and loans to referral sources.

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