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Healthcare Provider Settles CA Whistleblower Lawsuits for $37M

Southern California-based Prime Healthcare Services and two of its doctors will pay $37.5 million to settle whistleblower lawsuits that claimed the hospital system paid kickbacks to one of the physicians and bought his practice for more than it was worth, prosecutors said.

Prime Healthcare entered into the settlement with federal and state prosecutors to resolve alleged violations of the False Claims Act, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a statement. The agreement resolves allegations that Prime and its founder Dr. Prem Reddy overpaid to purchase Dr. Siva Arunasalam’s physician practice and surgery center because the company wanted the cardiologist to refer patients to its Desert Valley Hospital in Victorville.

“The purchase price, which was substantially negotiated by Reddy, exceeded fair market value and was not commercially reasonable,” the statement said.

Read the source article at Insurance Journal

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