Stark’s Law is not to be taken lightly and some of the country’s largest health service providers have been hit hard by not adhering to its guidelines. While some of these providers try to enrich themselves illegally — often at the taxpayers expense — there are many honest and brave citizens who are not scared to blow the whistle on them. These whistleblowers are unsung heroes, and they play a critical part in stifling corporate greed, especially in the medical field. Here are four Stark Law cases that resulted in some serious fines for the offenders.
Halifax Hospital Medical Center: $85 million
Halifax was accused of contravening Stark Law and the False Claims Act. According to Government allegations, the service provider entered into illegal contracts with six oncologists. These contracts included financial incentives connected to the value of prescription drugs and tests that the oncologists performed, and were billed by the company to Medicare.