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New Orleans hospital settles FCA allegations

Touro Infirmary, a New Orleans hospital, will pay the United States $1.75 million to settle allegations that it submitted false claims to the Medicare program, the Department of Justice announced on April 17, 2008.

The lawsuit alleged that Toura made unlawful payments to a psychiatrist to induce her to refer patients to the hospital. Federal law prohibits the payment of kickbacks or other inducements for referrals of patients participating in federal health care programs.

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