West Virginia hospital settles whistleblower suit for $50M

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Wednesday, September 9th, 2020

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Wheeling (W.Va.) Hospital has actually accepted pay $50 million to resolve claims that it violated the False Claims Act by submitting claims to Medicare that resulted from offenses of Stark Law and the Anti-Kickback Statute, according to the Department of Justice..

The settlement deals with claims that the medical facilitys former CEO, Ronald Violi, and its company seeking advice from group purposefully paid improper payment to referring doctors that was based on the volume of the doctors recommendations or was above reasonable market price, according to the Justice Department..

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The settlement comes from a whistleblower grievance filed in 2017 by Louis Longo, a former executive vice president of the health center. Mr. Longo will get $10 million of the $50 million settlement..