- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 31, 2015

CLEVELAND (AP) - The U.S. Justice Department says a northeast Ohio-based health system has agreed to pay $10 million to settle allegations that it engaged in improper financial relationships with doctors who referred patients to them.

Robinson Health System operates several health centers in Portage County, including Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna.

The government said Tuesday that Robinson Health System allegedly violated laws limiting financial relationships that hospitals have with doctors who refer patients.

Robinson Health System President Stephen Colecchi (koh-LEHK’-ee) says in a statement that none of the issues had a negative effect on patient care or resulted in overbilling.

The company says it discovered that some contracts were potentially violating federal laws. It says those contracts involved the lease of an office along with those for management and technical services.

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