Can a hospital force an entity with which it has an affiliation agreement to keep the entity's patients in the hospital's network?
1 Answer from Attorneys
It depends on the relationship between the hospital and the entity and is governed by a complex body of federal law. If done improperly the violations possibly include Stark self referral laws, Anti-Kickback (criminal), and the False Claims Act (and all associated regulations). The analysis is not simple, so without more it is really impossible to give a simple answer.
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