Cleveland Clinic has agreed to pay $21.25 million to settle a lawsuit alleging that its Akron Basic Well being System improperly paid doctor teams for affected person referrals and submitted false claims to Medicare, in accordance with the Justice Division.
Akron Basic’s former director of inner audit Beverly Brouse acted because the whistleblower, suing the well being system below the False Claims Act in 2015 within the U.S. District Court docket for the Northern District of Ohio. DOJ and Cleveland Clinic reached the settlement in Might.
Brouse stated she was fired in December 2015 after the Cleveland Clinic acquired Akron Basic and alleged that “for no less than the previous 5 years, [Akron General] engaged in a scheme to pay improper compensation to physicians to induce them illegally to refer sufferers, together with Medicare, Medicare Benefit and Medicaid sufferers, to [Akron General] for inpatient and ancillary companies.”
That compensation was