Articles Tagged with The Stark Law

shutterstock_505244407-300x188Pennsylvania cardiologist who sued his former colleagues and UPMC Hamot will receive $6 million as part of the $20.75 million whistleblower settlement.

According to GoEarie, Tullio Emanuele, M.D., claimed Hamot and the other defendant, Medicor Associates Inc., knowingly submitted claims to the Medicare and Medicaid programs that violated the Anti‑Kickback Statute and the Physician Self-Referral Law (the “Stark Law”).

Emanuele practiced with Medicor from 2001 to 2005. He contended that Hamot violated federal law between 2004 and 2010 by submitting claims, primarily to Medicare, while the hospital was paying millions of dollars a year to Medicor, an independent physician-owned group that remains in business.

Freeman Health System, a healthcare provider and hospital system in Joplin Missouri will pay $9,316,139 to end allegations that it violated The Stark Law and the False Claims Act by knowingly providing incentive pay to doctors based on the volume of their referrals or the revenue realized by those referrals. In a federal lawsuit, the United States said that Freeman provided incentive pay to 70 physicians employed at clinics operated by the health system based on the revenue generated by their referrals for certain diagnostic tests and other services performed at the clinical.

Jeffrey Newman represents whistleblowers.