Tuesday, April 01, 2008
Whistleblower Suit Targets Cincinnati's Christ Hospital and Ohio Heart
A federal lawsuit was unsealed today alleging that Christ Hospital and Ohio Heart, the largest cardiology group in Greater Cincinnati, “devised a scheme that provided cardiologists improper financial incentives in exchange for generating revenue for the hospital,” according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice.
The focus of the suit is an outpatient cardiology testing unit known as the Heart Station. A cardiologist who provided services to Christ Hospital and Ohio Heart filed the original lawsuit, alleging that cardiologists were allocated time at the hospital based on the number of procedures and revenues they generated for the hospital the previous year. Many of the procedures were billed to programs such as Medicare and Medicaid. It is against federal law to exchange financial incentives for patient referrals.
Acting Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Bucholtz said in the release, “The government’s intervention in this case demonstrates the Justice Department’s continued commitment to ensuring that medical decisions are based on the medical needs of the patients and not on unlawful financial incentives paid to physicians.”
Potential liability is reported to be as high as $424 million.
Click here to read James Ritchie’s article in the Business Courier of Cincinnati, Federal Whistleblower suit targets Christ Hospital, Ohio Heart.
Posted by Quitam Help Admin on 04/01 at 06:19 PM
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