Tuomey Faces Big Fines After Losing Stark, False Claims Trial

May 13, 2013 – In The News
Report on Medicare Compliance

Tuomey Healthcare System in Sumter, S.C., violatedthe Stark law and submitted 21,000 false claims to Medicare,a federal jury decided on May 8 after a four-weektrial. According to the verdict sheet, Tuomey’s falseclaims have a monetary value of $39,313,065, which aresubject to treble damages.

The closely watched trial sent shock waves through the legal community. One message from the case seems to be that “any time a hospital does not have a sold fair market value opinion supporting payments made to referring physicians, they are on thin ice,” says Pittsburgh attorney William Maruca.