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Sources stated that the suit, filed by the United States government, was brought after a whistleblower complaint by Dr. Boland, an ophthalmologist. Boland filed a complaint in July 2006 against Memorial Health University Medical Center Inc., the Georgia Eye Institute and The Provident Eye Physicians Inc. Following that, the government, for its part, joined in Dr. Boland's complaint and, together with its own investigation, reported that between January 2003 and December 2006, Memorial paid ophthalmologists at Georgia Eye more than was considered reasonable, and stating that it exceeded the fair market value of those services. The government stated that Memorial violated Medicare rules that prohibit doctors from referring patients to a hospital if they receive compensation that's commercially unreasonable.
As part of a settlement reached in the Medicare fraud lawsuit, Memorial Health, parent company of Savannah's Memorial University Medical Center, has agreed to pay the federal government $5.08 million to resolve allegations. Under the terms of the settlement, Dr. Boland will collect $889,000 for his role in the case. [
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Last updated on Apr-29-08
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