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Florida hospital system ordered to pay $5.4M for infraction

Hospitals in Florida, as you may know, are held to high standards when it comes to providing patients with quality service. Like any business, when a hospital fails to follow the rules and regulations that are designed to provide quality service, they can face lawsuits and litigation. And because of the complexity of the laws involved, these are also situations in which legal counsel is highly advised.

Take for example a recent case involving several Florida hospitals that are under the direction of Adventist Health System. These hospitals, the lawsuit claims, provided radiation oncology to patients receiving TRICARE and Medicare services but did so without supervision from a radiation oncologist or other health care professional, as the law requires.

This violation of the law was brought to the attention of the Department of Justice, which recently held Adventist Health System, the parent company of the hospitals at the center of this case, responsible for $5.4 million, a majority of which will be paid to the United States government.

This case is significant for our Melbourne readers because it not only shows the intricacy of the law but the legal ramifications that can occur when a company is found to be in violation of them.

Here at Frese and Hansen, we understand how stressful it can be to be accused of violating the law. We understand that your reputation is on the line when this happens, which is why we work with you, prosecutors and the courts to make sure that best possible outcome is being reached. Remember, you don't have to go through litigation by yourself. A lawyer can help.

Source: The Orlando Sentinel, "Florida Hospital parent company settles radiation-oncology case for $5.4M," Naseem S. Miller, March 19, 2015

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