The government formally joined the case in 2008, intervening in a whistle-blower lawsuit brought by a cardiologist formerly on staff at the 513-bed hospital. The suit alleged that the hospital, as a matter of policy, assigned panel time as a reward to cardiologists whose procedures earned the most revenue for the hospital.
The panel time, according to the lawsuit, was a form of kickback because it granted physicians opportunities to pick up new patients.
“We cannot comment on any terms of the settlement because the parties are currently finalizing the written agreement; however, this settlement allows the hospital to avoid the risk of the multibillion-dollar award sought by the government,” according to a written statement from Christ Hospital.
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