Jury rules Tuomey Healthcare violated False Claims Act in doc kickbacks worth $39 million

A jury has determined that Tuomey Healthcare System in Sumter South Carolina violated the False Claims Act by submitting tens of thousands of illegal bills to Medicare worth $39 million. The case, brought forward to the government by a whistleblower charged that the hospital was paying doctors in ways that rewarded them financially for referring patients to the hospital. The whistleblower is Dr. Michael Drakeford shortly after he refused to enter into one of the agreements that the hospital was offering. Jeffrey Newman represents whistleblowers.