Tenet Agrees To Pay $56M to Settle Medicare Fraud Charges
Tenet Healthcare Corp., the nation's second-largest hospital chain, announced yesterday that it has agreed to pay $55.8 million to settle several allegations of Medicare fraud, the Los Angeles Times reports (Los Angeles Times, 6/19). The total amount settled three separate charges:
- $29 million for alleged billing errors and cost-reporting violations at a home health agency owned by Tenet's Hialeah, Fla.-based Palmetto General Hospital;
- $17 million to settle allegations that the company's hospitals overcharged federal health care plans for outpatient labs services; and
- $9.8 million to settle allegations that Tenet's Culver City-based Brotman Medical Center filed fraudulent cost reports.
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