No Harbor is Limitless: Restrictions of the Federal Anti-Kickback Statute's Safe Harbor Provisions

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The DOJ recently reached a $122 million settlement with Universal Health Services (“UHS”) and Turning Point Care Center, LLC (“Turning Point”) to resolve allegations of False Claims Act violations related to their billing practices. As part of the settlement, Turning Point agreed to pay the government $5 million to settle allegations that it fraudulently induced patients to seek treatment at its facilities by offering free or discounted transportation and housing. The government alleged that these inducements went beyond the scope of See more +
The DOJ recently reached a $122 million settlement with Universal Health Services (“UHS”) and Turning Point Care Center, LLC (“Turning Point”) to resolve allegations of False Claims Act violations related to their billing practices. As part of the settlement, Turning Point agreed to pay the government $5 million to settle allegations that it fraudulently induced patients to seek treatment at its facilities by offering free or discounted transportation and housing. The government alleged that these inducements went beyond the scope of the federal Anti-Kickback statute safe harbor provisions. While many have commented upon the allegations related to UHS’s billing practices, the allegations against Turning Point, which is located in Metairie, Georgia, serve as a good reminder of the limitations of the exceptions to the federal Anti-Kickback statute (42 U.S.C. § 1320a-7b). See less -
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