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Hospital settlement: Two sides maintain different verdicts

October 7, 2018

There’s a 91-page complaint, a seven-page notice of intervention and an eight-page dismissal. Twenty-two court orders and 16 motions - 58 unsealed documents in total, enough to stress even a seasoned office printer, though still just a portion of the text on the government’s investigation into Kalispell Regional Healthcare, which resulted in the largest False Claims Act settlement in Montana history. But despite a voluminous paper trail spanning two years, it remains unclear for those outside the case what, exactly, the investigation found.

Kalispell Regional Healthcare settled with the government for 12.9 million Digestive Health Institute, opened this month, was paid 24 million fee over the course of five years. The hospital has already paid 5 million - 22.8 percent of the government’s recovery, a “higher than average” sum that likely recognizes, according to Vroon, Mohatt’s “efforts and contributions to the investigation.”

Mohatt last week emailed the Daily Inter Lake to report he has joined the staff at Glacier Park Realty and has embarked on a new career in real estate.

Reporter Adrian Horton can be reached at 758-4439 or ahorton@dailyinterlake.com.

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