A Miami hospital has paid $15.4 million to settle federal and Florida civil health care fraud claims against it. The settlement resolves the civil case U.S. v. Jack Jacobo Michel MD et al, in which the government alleged violations of the False Claims Act.
The claims alleged that in 1997, the hospital paid kickbacks to physicians in return for patient admissions. In 2000, one of the defendants was a party to a $14 million settlement with the U.S. for a similar scheme from 1992-2000 that involved Medicare fraud and Chicago medical malpractice.
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