South Carolina hospital Lexington County Health Services District Inc. (d/b/a Lexington Medical Center) agreed to pay $17 million to resolve allegations it violated the False Claims Act and the Physician Self-Referral Law (known as the Stark Law) by maintaining improper financial arrangements with 28 physicians. The allegations originated in a whistleblower lawsuit filed under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act by former Lexington Medical Center physician Dr. David Hammett. He will receive a whistleblower award of roughly $4.5 million from the proceeds of the government’s recovery. Whistleblower Insider
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