Judge reduces fine against Tuomey Healthcare System | Health
SUMTER, SC (WIS) - A federal judge has reduced the fine Tuomey Hospital System was ordered to pay in a ruling regarding false Medicare claims.
The judge reduced the fine to a little more than $237 million from more than $276 million in fines, costs and reimbursements previously ordered.
In May, a jury in Columbia found the healthcare provider had violated two federal statutes: the so-called Stark Law and the False Claims Act.
The charges were linked to multiple allegations of Medicare fraud after the hospital signed doctors to exclusive contracts designed to funnel patients to them and away from other physicians who had set up their own outpatient surgery center.
Seymour also rejected Tuomey's request for a new trial.
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