Texas-based Citizens Medical Center agreed to pay $21,750,000 to settle allegations it violated the False Claims Act and Stark Statute by engaging in improper financial relationships with referring physicians. According to the government, the hospital provided compensation to several cardiologists that exceeded the fair market value of their services and paid bonuses to emergency room physicians that improperly took into account the value of their cardiology referrals. The allegations first arose in a whistleblower lawsuit filed under the qui tamprovisions of the False Claims Act by Dakshesh “Kumar” Parikh, Harish Chandna and Ajay Gaalla. They will collectively receive a whistleblower award of $5,981,250. DOJ
* * *If you would like more information or would like to speak to a member of Constantine Cannon’s whistleblower lawyer team, please click here.