Two Pennsylvania healthcare facilities and an ophthalmologist together will pay nearly $1.5 million in fines to resolve allegations that the facilities improperly provided space, equipment, personnel, supplies and directors' fees to the physician in exchange for patient referrals. The settlement stems from a whistleblower lawsuit by the physician's former office administrator. According to a news release, Leonard Ginsburg, a physician in Springfield, Pa., agreed to pay a $200,000 fine to settle the allegations. Mercy Community Hospital, which is currently not operating as an acute-care hospital, paid about $1 million to the government, while BHS Transitional Corp., formerly Brandywine Hospital, agreed to repay the government $250,000. Ginsburg and the hospitals did not admit wrongdoing and maintain that their actions were lawful, the release said. "I think it's important that physicians and hospitals carefully evaluate their business and financial relationships in order to assure that the services being provided are not tainted," said David Huffman, assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. -- by Michael Romano and Mark Taylor
Pa. providers settle claims over deal with doc
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