Westchester County Health Care Corporation (d/b/a Westchester Medical Center) agreed to pay $18.8 million to settle charges it violated the False Claims Act, the Anti-Kickback Statute and the Stark Law. According to the government, from approximately 2000 through 2007, WMC maintained a financial relationship with Cardiology Consultants of Westchester, P.C., a cardiology practice formerly operating on WMC’s Valhalla campus. WMC allegedly advanced monies to CCW to open a practice for the express purpose of generating referrals to the hospital. When CCW began making payments to WMC purportedly repaying the advances, WMC entered into retroactive, no-work consulting agreements under which it paid CCW tens of thousands of dollars. WMC also allegedly allowed CCW to use WMC’s fellows in CCW’s private office free of charge, contrary to WMC’s historic practice. DOJ
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