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Florida Hospital District To Pay $69.5M To Settle Lawsuit

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Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.

The Justice Department has reached a $69.5 million settlement with the North Broward Hospital District in South Florida, which was accused in a lawsuit of having improper financial relationships with doctors who referred patients to the district.

Federal officials said on Tuesday that the case involved inflated salaries paid to nine physicians by the hospital district, which operates several health facilities. Federal law restricts the financial relationships hospitals can have with referring doctors under Medicare and Medicaid.

The lawsuit was originally filed under the False Claims Act by Dr. Michael Reilly, who was joined by the Justice Department. That law allows private citizens to sue on behalf of the government and receive a part of the settlement.

Dr. Reilly will get more than $12 million. The settlement does not include an admission of liability by the hospital district.