Last month, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it had entered into a $25.5 million settlement with Intermountain Health Care, Inc. (Intermountain), Utah’s largest health system with 22 hospitals and more than 4,500 physicians, to resolve self-reported violations of the Stark Law and the False Claims Act.
“Same Doctor Visit, Double the Cost” – this is the title of a recent Wall Street Journal article written by Anna Wilde Mathews, which provides a view on the hospital-physician integration phenomenon. The article describes the higher fees charged by hospitals that result when physicians become employed by hospitals.
The federal government’s war on healthcare fraud is going high-tech with the opening of a $3.6 million command center. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) pays $750 billion each year to more than 1.5 million healthcare providers, and healthcare fraud is estimated to cost taxpayers more than $60 billion annually (see Health Law Giv
Forward-thinking hospital systems are taking advantage of new technology to facilitate patient-doctor interaction. Providence Health Ministry in Mobile, Alabama recently announced the launch of a new smart phone app to connect patients with the doctors and physician groups practicing at Providence Hospital. The features of the app enable patients to: