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Utah's Largest Health Company Pays $25.5 Mln in FCA Settlement


Business  (tags: Utah, Medicare and Medicaid fraud, Intermountain Health Care Inc, hospitals, medical clinics, an affiliated health insurance company, kickbacks to doctors, patient referrals, $25.5 million settlement, D.O.J., federal laws, corruption )

Judy
- 623 days ago - newsandinsight.thomsonreuters.com
Intermountain Health Care Inc, the largest health system in Utah, has agreed to pay $25.5 million to settle claims the company had financial relationships with doctors who referred patients to Intermountain facilities, according to a statement by the DOJ



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Roger Garin-michaud (113)
Thursday April 4, 2013, 6:42 pm
noted, thanks!
 

David C. (29)
Friday April 5, 2013, 1:04 am
Thank you!
 

Shirley A. (96)
Friday April 5, 2013, 12:38 pm
Unfortunately this is pocket change to these people and I seriously doubt had any effect on how they will do business in the future. If the DOJ doesn't start making the fines and reprecussions FIT THE CRIME, we will never get anywhere in cleaning up the healthcare system or ANYTHING ELSE for that matter.
 

Birgit W. (152)
Friday April 5, 2013, 12:58 pm
Noted
 

Aurea Walker (216)
Friday April 5, 2013, 3:02 pm
Screw the fines! Medical license revocation, JAIL TIME FOR ALL INVOLVED! I do not mean a country club white collar jail, hard jail time!
 

Jude Hand (59)
Friday April 5, 2013, 3:59 pm
Noted and well they should.
 

Judy C. (100)
Friday April 5, 2013, 4:04 pm
I agree with you, Shirley and Aurea, the fines are a pittance, and much greater penalties are needed, i.e. hard jail time! However, any improvement in catching fraud is a step in the right direction. Publicity on who is doing it is also a small step.
 

Sherri G. (117)
Saturday April 6, 2013, 1:59 am
It is about time for the DOJ to prosecute any and all health care fraud. Question is did the Utah group will volunteer or did they see the hand writing on the wall and then volunteer? Either way at least the Stark statute made a difference. Thanks JL
 

Lois Jordan (58)
Saturday April 6, 2013, 2:45 pm
With proper funding and oversight, regulations DO make a positive difference. If this is the tip of the iceberg, maybe future efforts will extract more than a pittance, and more will be caught. It would be nice if jail time was included in the future.....we will just have to keep pressuring our Congress critters for more.
 
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