The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Rush University Medical Center agreed to settle a qui tam lawsuit alleging that Rush violated the Federal False Claims Act (FCA). The lawsuit, filed on July 12, 2004, alleged that Rush had violated the FCA by submitting certain false claims for payment to the Medicare and Medicaid programs. The DOJ intervened in the action and argued that Rush’s violation of the FCA occurred through the submission of claims for services referred by physicians with whom Rush had impermissible financial relationships. The alleged impermissible financial relationships were rent concessions on medical space leased to certain physicians. The government argued that these financial relationships were in violation of Stark Law and thus, Rush was prohibited from billing Medicare and Medicaid for services referred from those physicians. Pursuant to the settlement Rush will pay the federal government $1,547,200.00, and the relators will be awarded $270,760.00.
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