$1.2M orthopedic practice settlement carries 3 lessons for providers

Orthopedic

In August, Daphne, Ala.-based Baldwin Bone & Joint agreed to pay $1.2 million to settle allegations that it violated the False Claims Act and Stark Law.

The outcome carries an important lesson for healthcare providers, according to Charles Crawford and Kendra Lyons of Butler Snow's health law group. Mr. Crawford and Ms. Lyons shared three reminders with the Nashville Business Journal:

1. The federal government is committed to cracking down on fraud and abuse.

2. The government is ensuring that large hospital chains and physician groups alike are held accountable.

3. Past and present healthcare employees can be subject to federal investigations.

 

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