Health system to pay $12.6M in whistleblower case

Cooper Health System allegedly paid physicians to build cardiology business
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Cooper Health System in Camden, N.J., has agreed to a $12.6 million settlement to resolve anti-kickback allegations, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported. Cardiologist Nicholas L. DePace accused the health system's board of encouraging patient referrals to its heart institute from 2004 through 2010, in which Cooper allegedly paid local doctors $18,000 in possible anti-kickback violations. Cooper did not admit wrongdoing, and DePace's portion of the settlement is $2.39 million. Article