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Adventist Reports Its Own Violations

Adventist Health System has turned itself in for violating federal laws involving doctor referrals, the Orlando Business Journal reports.

The Altamonte Springs-based health care chain told the Department of Justice it violated the federal Stark Law that prohibits physician referrals to hospitals where there is already a financial relationship, according to bondholder documents obtained by the Business Journal.

Hospital officials told the Business Journal that discussions are underway, but would not disclose specifics about the potential fine. Daytona Beach’s Halifax Health agreed earlier this year to pay an $85 million fineto settle claims that it violated the Stark Law.

Adventist includes the Florida Hospital network among its 43 hospitals in 10 states.

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