Article on Prime omitted key legal development
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.