Ar­ti­cle on Prime omit­ted key le­gal de­vel­op­ment

Modern Healthcare - - COMMENT -

Re­gard­ing the Dec. 1 ar­ti­cle “Prem Reddy’s turn­around strat­egy” (p. 12), Beth Kutscher did a good job telling the story of Prime Health­care Ser­vices’ growth. As the law firm rep­re­sent­ing Prime em­ployee Karin Berntsen in the whis­tle-blower case against the hos­pi­tal sys­tem, we ap­pre­ci­ate the com­pre­hen­sive look at Prime and its rapid ex­pan­sion.

There is one im­por­tant note, how­ever, that was left out of the ar­ti­cle. Prime’s mo­tion to dis­miss the whistle­blower suit was de­nied in its en­tirety on Nov. 20, 2014. This is a sig­nif­i­cant de­vel­op­ment. The case will now move for­ward and bring to light the nu­mer­ous ques­tion­able prac­tices Ms. Berntsen has wit­nessed at Prime.

In ad­di­tion, the ar­ti­cle sug­gested that the gov­ern­ment has de­cided, defini­tively, not to in­ter­vene in the case. This is not true. No decision has yet been made. The gov­ern­ment is still in­ves­ti­gat­ing, and, in fact, filed a no­tice op­pos­ing the dis­missal of Ms. Berntsen’s case. Elaine Strom­gren

At­tor­ney James, Hoyer, New­comer & Smil­janich Tampa, Fla.

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