False Claims Act Suit for Stark Violation Illustrates Increased Government Scrutiny

It has been well documented that the government has significantly stepped up its focus on healthcare providers and has been aggressively pursuing both civil and criminal actions against providers for violations of the healthcare fraud statutes, the Stark Act, the Anti-kickback Statute and the False Claims Act. A recent case demonstrates the potential dangers associated with physician employment relationships with hospitals and the intersection of the False Claims Act and the Stark Act.

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