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Adventist Health To Pay $115M To Settle Whistleblower Suit

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Adventist Health System will pay $115 million to settle allegations it improperly paid doctors.

Adventist Health System has settled a whistleblower suit for $115 million dollars. It’s the largest settlement of a False Claims Act dispute without litigation, according to magazine Modern Healthcare.

The central Florida based nonprofit Adventist Health System was accused of awarding bonuses to doctors for referrals in Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.

That includes paying for the lease of a surgeon’s Mustang and BMW, and paying a dermatologist more than $700,000 for working three days a week. Those investigations often target Florida hospitals and health care providers.

Adventist Health System has since centralized how it administers doctor pay. Three whistleblowers will get a cut of the settlement.

The federal government has recovered more than $16 billion from health care organizations accused of fraud since 2009. Those investigations often target Florida hospitals and health care providers.

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