Today's Wall Street Journal
has a report
(requires subscription) on the case against Alvorado Hospital Medical Center and its former CEO, Barry Weinbaum. Prosecutors charge that the recruitment deal that lured physicians to the hospital constituted illegal remuneration in violation of 42 USC § 1320a-7b(b)
, which makes it a crime to pay "any remuneration (including any kickback, bribe, or rebate) directly or indirectly, overtly or covertly, in cash or in kind" in return for a referral.
As common as such recruitment deals are in the health care industry, this is a case worth watching. The WSJ
article can be found for free on the San Francisco Chronicle's web site