Allegedly Tainted Blood Claims and Generous Medical Directorship result in 5.7 Million Dollar Settlement

Northside Hospital located in Atlanta, Georgia, has agreed to pay $5.7 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit alleging tainted claims were submitted to Medicare because they were the result of improper financial and referral relationships in violation of the Stark law. Two former employees of the Blood and Marrow Transplant Group of Georgia (BMTGA) filed a false claims act lawsuit;  BMTGA, in affiliation with Northside Hospital, also operated a clinical transplant program for stem cell transplants and cancer treatment.  The transplant physicians who own the transplant group also own Atlanta Blood Services, a clinical lab that provided services and blood products to Northside Hospital.

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