• Compliance,  Health Care

    Tuomey, Stark, FCA and Advice of Counsel

    This has been a long saga, even by FCA standards: Judge orders Tuomey to pay $276.8 million for Stark, False Claims Act violations (via ModernHealthcare.com). In summary: A federal judge ordered South Carolina’s Tuomey Healthcare System to pay $276.8 million for violating laws that bar hospitals from paying doctors to refer Medicare patients for treatments. On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Margaret Seymour ruled against Tuomey (PDF) on virtually every post-trial issue and granted the government’s request to impose $39.3 million in Stark penalties and another $237.5 million in False Claims Act fines. Seymour also rejected Tuomey’s attempts in legal filings to nullify the verdict. The damage amount is believed to…