Shows & Panels
- The 2014 Big Picture on Cyber Security
- AFCEA Answers
- Ask the CIO
- Building the Hybrid Cloud
- Connected Government: How to Build and Procure Network Services for the Future
- Continuing Diagnostics and Mitigation: Discussion of Progress and Next Steps
- Federal Executive Forum
- Federal Tech Talk
- The Future of Government Data Centers
- The Future of IT: How CIOs Can Enable the Service-Oriented Enterprise
- The Intersection: Where Technology Meets Transformation
- Maximizing ROI Through Data Center Consolidation
- Mitigating Insider Threats in Virtual & Cloud Environments
- Modern Mission Critical Series
- Moving to the Cloud. What's the best approach for me
- Navigating Tough Choices in Government Cloud Computing
- The New Generation of Database
- Satellite Communications: Acquiring SATCOM in Tight Times
- Targeting Advanced Threats: Proven Methods from Detection through Remediation
- Transformative Technology: Desktop Virtualization in Government
- The Truth About IT Opex and Software Defined Networking
- Value of Health IT
- Air Traffic Management Transformation Report
- Cloud First Report
- General Dynamics IT Enterprise Center
- Gov Cloud Minute
- Government in Technology Series
- Homeland Security Cybersecurity Market Report
- National Cybersecurity Awareness Month
- Technology Insights
- The Cyber Security Report
- The Next Generation Cyber Security Experts
Shows & Panels
DOJ: HCA settles feds' complaint for $16.5 million
Wednesday - 9/19/2012, 4:29pm EDT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Justice Department and HCA have reached a $16.5 million settlement over violations of federal laws that restrict financial relationships between hospitals and physicians.
The case arose after two subsidiaries of the Nashville-based hospital chain gave financial benefits to Diagnostic Associates of Chattanooga, a physicians group, in an effort to get more patient referrals to HCA facilities, the Justice Department said in a news release Wednesday.
The financial transactions in 2007 involved HCA Physician Services in Nashville and Parkridge Medical Center in Chattanooga. Officials said rental payments for offices leased from the physicians group exceeded fair market value, and members of the physician group were released from a separate lease obligation.
Federal law prohibits the payment of medical claims that result from financial relationships between hospitals and the physicians who may refer patients to them.
"Physicians should make decisions regarding referrals to health care facilities based on what is in the best interest of patients without being induced by payments from hospitals competing for their business," said Bill Killian, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee, in a prepared statement.
Kathy Winn, a spokeswoman for Parkridge Health System, said in a prepared statement, "We are pleased the matter is concluded, and we will diligently fulfill the terms of the corporate integrity agreement."
The case arose from a whistleblower lawsuit filed in East Tennessee. The whistleblower will receive an 18.5 percent share of the settlement money.
The settlement requires Parkridge to hire an independent organization to review its business arrangements and transactions and work with the Office of Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to ensure compliance with federal laws.
(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)