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December 1, 2017

Posted  December 11, 2017

Pine Creek Medical Center LLC, a physician-owned hospital serving the Dallas/Fort Worth area, agreed to pay $7.5 million to resolve claims it violated the False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback Statute by paying physicians kickbacks in the form of marketing services in exchange for surgical referrals.  Specifically, Pine Creek allegedly paid for advertisements on behalf of the physicians as well as radio and television advertising, pay-per-click advertising campaigns, billboards, website upgrades, brochures, and business cards, and other forms of marketing to induce physicians to refer patients to Pine Creek for medical services.  The allegations originated in a whistleblower lawsuit under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act by former Pine Creek employees Suzanne Scott and Savannah Sogar.  They will receive a whistleblower award of $1,125,000 from the proceeds of the government’s recovery.  DOJ

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