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Local Hospitals Fined

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BILLINGS -

St. Vincent Healthcare and Holy Rosary Healthcare located in Miles City agreed to pay a nearly 4 million dollar fine.

The assistant U.S. attorney in Montana said the two improperly provided incentive pay to physicians that made referrals to each of the hospitals and under current laws, that kind of action is illegal.

St. Vincent Healthcare released a statement on the incident stating, "We are committed to compliance with all healthcare laws and dedicated to avoiding future mistakes related to physician contracting. We have enhanced our focus on compliance efforts by allocating more resources towards our compliance goals and implementing tighter contracting processes."