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