May 28, 2024

The US DOJ claimed that from July 1, 2009, to June 30, 2012, Penn Highlands DuBois breached the Stark Law by improperly paying $420,000 to Dr. Gary Ott, a referring physician, and another physician from Women’s Care of Pennsylvania, Dr. Ott’s practice. This payment was made under a Consulting, Medical Director, and Related Services Agreement for “employment services” supposedly rendered before the agreement took effect, while neither physician was employed by Penn Highlands DuBois.