November 22, 2019

$46 Million FCA Settlement Arising Out of Alleged Stark and AKS Violations

On November 15, the DOJ announced a settlement with California-based Sutter Health and Sacramento Cardiovascular Surgeons Medical Group Inc. over alleged violations of the Physician Self-Referral Law and the Anti-Kickback Statute. Sutter and Sacramento Cardio have agreed to pay $46 million. The whistleblower suit was brought by former Sutter Health compliance officer who accused the hospital group of improperly billing Medicare and providing kickbacks to physicians at Sacramento Cardio for referring patients to Sutter.