Tenet fined US$513m

The Myanmar Times - - Business -

US hos­pi­tal gi­ant Tenet Health­care and two of its sub­sidiaries will pay US$513 mil­lion to set­tle charges it bribed pre­na­tal care clin­ics to win re­fer­rals to hos­pi­tals.

Tenet paid bribes and kick­backs to clin­ics serv­ing pri­mar­ily un­doc­u­mented His­panic women in Georgia and South Carolina to drive re­fer­rals to Tenet fa­cil­i­ties and win more than $145 mil­lion in Med­i­caid and Medi­care funds.

The clin­ics in­volved falsely told the women their costs as­so­ci­ated with child­birth would only be cov­ered un­der Med­i­caid if they went to a Tenet hos­pi­tal, ac­cord­ing to the charges.

Un­der a civil set­tle­ment, Tenet agreed to $368 mil­lion to re­solve a law­suit filed by the US and Ralph Wil­liams, a whistle­blower.

Two At­lanta-based Tenet sub­sidiaries, At­lanta Med­i­cal Cen­ter and North Ful­ton Med­i­cal Cen­ter, pleaded guilty to fraud and vi­o­lat­ing anti-kick­back laws. They will for­feit $145 mil­lion in ill-got­ten gains ob­tained through the fed­eral pro­grams. –

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