Government Intervenes in Lawsuit against Tenet Healthcare Corp. and Georgia Hospital Owned by Health Management Associates Inc. Alleging Payment of Kickbacks
The government has intervened in a False Claims Act lawsuit against Tenet Healthcare Corp. (Tenet) and four of its hospitals in Georgia and South Carolina, as well as a hospital in Monroe, Ga., owned by Health Management Associates Inc. (HMA), alleging that the hospitals paid kickbacks to obstetric clinics serving primarily undocumented Hispanic women in return for referral of those patients for labor and delivery at the hospitals. The hospitals then billed the Medicaid programs in Georgia and South Carolina for the services provided to the referred patients and, in some instances, also obtained additional Medicare reimbursement based on the influx of low-income patients. Tenet and HMA are two of the largest owner/operators of hospitals in the United States. HMA was acquired by Community Health Systems last month. The government also is intervening against the clinics and related entities known as Hispanic Medical Management d/b/a Clinica de la Mama.
- Date:February 19, 2014
- Agency:U.S. Department of Justice
- Criminal and Civil Actions