Florida physician alleges hospital system paid doctors kickbacks

Hospitals that hire physicians have a tendency to place them into a payment incentive arrangement that is indistinguishable from paying kickbacks, a whistleblowing doctor alleges. That's the contention of retired Florida orthopedic surgeon Michael Reilly, M.D., who in a lawsuit against hospital system Broward Health claims the system paid specialists such as cardiologists and orthopedic surgeons seven-figure salaries while keeping tabs on each physician's return on investment, pressuring them to admit more patients if they fell behind their projected numbers. Reilly's suit was recently settled for $70 million, although Broward did not admit any wrongdoing. >> Read the full article at FierceHealthcare

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