May 21, 2010 — The Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati

The Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati and one of its former hospitals, The Christ Hospital have agreed to pay the United States $108 Million to settle a qui tam claim filed against it by Dr. Harry Fry, a cardiologist who formerly worked at Christ Hospital.

The allegations of the case were that The Christ Hospital, a 555-bed acute care hospital located in Mount Auburn, Ohio limited the opportunity to work at the heart station an outpatient cardiology testing unit to those cardiologists who referred cardiac business to The Christ Hospital.

The government asserted that use of the Heath Station Panel to induce lucrative cardiac referrals violated the federal Anti-Kickback Statute, which prohibits a hospital from offering or paying a physician from soliciting or receiving, anything of value in return for patient referrals.

As a reward for having filed his qui tam claim, Dr. Fry will receive $23.5 Million, as part of the settlement.

See U.S. Dept of Justice Press Release 05/21/10

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