The Department of Justice announced settlements in the following False Claims Act lawsuits:
North Broward Hospital District, a special taxing district of the state of Florida that operates hospitals and other health care facilities in the Broward County, Florida, area, has agreed to pay the United States $69.5 million to settle allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by engaging in improper financial relationships with referring physicians, the Justice Department announced.
The United States has intervened in a lawsuit and filed a complaint against H. Ted Cain, Julie Cain, Corporate Management Inc. and Stone County Hospital Inc. for submitting false claims to the Medicare program by knowingly charging excessive and ineligible expenses from 2002 to the present. Stone County Hospital is a critical access hospital located in rural Mississippi. Corporate Management Inc. is a management company that provides management services to Stone County Hospital. Ted Cain owns and controls the hospital and the management company.
Adventist Health System has agreed to pay the United States $115 million to settle allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by maintaining improper compensation arrangements with referring physicians and by miscoding claims. Adventist is a non-profit healthcare organization that operates hospitals and other health care facilities in 10 states.
L-3 Communications Corporation, Vertex Aerospace LLC and L-3 Communications Integrated Systems LP (collectively L-3) have agreed to pay $4.63 million to resolve allegations that they inflated labor hours for time spent by independent contractors at the military’s Continental U.S. Replacement Centers (CRC) in Fort Benning, Georgia, and Fort Bliss, Texas, preparing to deploy to overseas posts to support U.S. military operations abroad. The CRCs prepare individuals for deployment by providing orientation briefings, training, health screenings, payroll processing and addressing other administrative matters.