Vanguard Health Systems has agreed to pay $2.9 million to the federal government to settle allegations of False Claims Act, Stark Law and Anti-Kickback Statute violations.
The government claims the violations occurred prior to Tenet Healthcare’s 2013 acquisition of Vanguard, when the company was still headquartered in Green Hills. Without acknowledging liability, the settlement resolves allegations that the Vanguard-owned Arizona Heart Institute paid physicians above fair market value and upcoded Medicare billings.
“Enforcement of the False Claims Act remains a priority of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Tennessee,” David Rivera, U.S. attorney, said in a release. “The U.S. Attorney’s Office and our law enforcement partners are committed to protecting the public and vigorously pursuing any allegations of false billings to federal health care programs.”
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