Whistleblowers will receive a $16.7 million payday as part of a $122 million settlement between the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Universal Health Services (UHS), one of the nation’s largest hospital and healthcare service providers. The settlement, announced Friday, settles a slew of False Claims Act (FCA) allegations against the company, many of which were brought to light by whistleblowers in federal lawsuits.
The DOJ announced the settlement covered allegations UHS violated the FCA by “billing for medically unnecessary inpatient behavioral health services, failing to provide adequate and appropriate services, and paying illegal inducements to federal healthcare beneficiaries.”
In an emailed statement, UHS said the settlement “is not an admission of liability, but merely a resolution of a civil claim.” “UHS unequivocally disputes any allegation that it engaged in wrongdoing of any kind. … UHS was eager to resolve this matter to avoid future distractions and the high costs of litigation while ensuring that our focus remains steadfast on providing excellent care to our patients and their families,” the company said in its statement.