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Georgia hospital hit with $12.8 million penalty over alleged false claims, kickback allegations

DOJ spokesperson said penalty could have been much higher if hospital had not fully cooperated with their year-plus investigation.

A Savannah, Georgia hospital and some other affiliated parties have been slapped with $12.8 million settlement in relation to a suit filed alleging the organization violated the False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback Statute by paying physicians to refer patients to the hospital for healthcare services, the Department of Justice announced.