Physicians under alleged Halifax Health fraud paid over $1M

Some of the physicians involved in the lawsuit against Halifax Hospital Medical Center and Halifax Staffing Inc. earned more than a million dollars, accused of receiving kickbacks in a scheme to defraud Medicare of tens of millions of dollars, reports The Daytona Beach News-Journal. Earlier this month, the United States joined a false claims lawsuit against the Florida hospital and its staffing company for violating Stark law, alleging that the organizations had improper contracts with nine physicians. The News-Journal article reports that these physicians' compensation in 2010 ranged from $352,406 to $1.6 million. In 2008, the top earner Federico Vinas received $1.89 million, including incentives, and has been accused of performing a high number of spinal fusion procedures. Article