South Carolina’s Tuomey Healthcare System Ordered To Pay $277 Million For Stark, FCA Violations

A federal judge ordered South Carolina’s Tuomey Healthcare System to pay $277 million for violating laws that bar hospitals from paying doctors to refer Medicare patients for treatments.  The ruling – a result of the denial of Tuomey’s post-trial motions and the granting of the government’s request to impose Stark Penalties and False Claims Act fines – is believed to be the largest of its kind against a community hospital in U.S. History and dwarfs the hospital’s most recent year-end revenue of $202 million.  This fact, coupled with a change of leadership, could lead to a settlement of the case while on appeal.

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