A Louisville, Kentucky hospital has agreed to pay more than $10 million to resolve allegations it violated the False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback Statute, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday.
University of Louisville’s Jewish Hospital was accused of submitting false claims for prescription drugs that may not have been medically necessary as well as improper remuneration to Medicare beneficiaries through free blood glucose testing supplies and waiving cost-sharing for insulin. The settlement is not a determination of liability, DOJ said.
The investigation was the prompted by a whistleblower lawsuit from pharmacist Robert Stone, who will receive $1.85 million as part of the agreement.
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The agreement is just the latest to come with health organizations accused of kickbacks or improper claims. Late last week, Sutter Health agreed to pay $30 million to settle claims it paid a group of cardiovascular surgeons in exchange for patient referrals and $15 million for other kickback and Medicare overbilling allegations.