The Department of Justice announced that it intervened in the Tenet Healthcare Qui Tam whistleblower lawsuit. The case is captioned United States ex rel. Williams v. Health Mgmt. Assocs. Inc., Tenet Healthcare, et al., No. 3:09-CV-130 (M.D. Ga.).
The Tenet healthcare qui tam whistleblower lawsuit alleges:
- that four Tenet hospitals –
- Atlanta Medical Center
- North Fulton Regional Hospital
- Spalding Regional Hospital
- Hilton Head Hospital in South Carolina
- HMA facility, Walton Regional Medical Center (since renamed Clearview Regional Medical Center)
- paid kickbacks to Hispanic Medical Management d/b/a Clinica de la Mama (Clinica) and related entities
- in return for Clinica’s agreement to send pregnant women to their facilities for deliveries paid for by Medicaid, in violation of the federal Medicare and Medicaid Anti-Kickback Statute.
- The kickbacks were disguised as payments for a variety of services allegedly provided by Clinica.
The Tenet healthcare qui tam whistleblower lawsuit was filed under the qui tam, or whistleblower, provisions of the False Claims Act, which permit private parties to sue on behalf of the government when they believe that defendants submitted false claims for government funds and to receive a share of any recovery. The False Claims Act also permits the government to intervene in such lawsuits, as it has done in this case. The lawsuit is pending in the Middle District of Georgia .
For more information on Qui Tam Whistleblower lawsuits, click here.
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