Corporate Compliance

Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati, two hospitals, and physician group to pay US $2.6 million

Compliance Monitor, June 23, 2010

The Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati, two of its member hospitals, and University Internal Medicine Associates (UIMA) Inc. will pay $2.6 million to settle claims of violating the anti-kickback statue and False Claims Act, according to a Department of Justice (DOJ) press release.

According to the DOJ, The Fort Hamilton Hospital and The University Hospital, conspired in a scheme to provide cardiology procedures that are only permissible through participation in particular clinical trials. University Hospital offered to provide interventional cardiology coverage to Fort for the clinical trials, according to the DOJ. In exchange for the coverage, Fort referred cardiology patients and procedures to UIMA on a preferential basis.

This arrangement resulted in patient transfers to University Hospital rather than a hospital or cardiologist of the patients’ choosing.

Whistleblower Deborah Hauger, MD, a former cardiologist from Fort Hamilton, filed the case under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims act. Hauger will receive $468,000 of the settlement.

Most Popular