Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare Corporation will have to pay approximately $43 million to the U.S. government to settle allegations that it overbilled Medicare. The charges relate specifically to the company's billings for inappropriate admissions to rehab facilities for inpatient care between 2005 and 2007. The U.S. Department of Justice alleged that the patients' stays at the facilities did not meet the standard necessary to approve inpatient care.
Tenet's fine is so large due in part to the fact that the company was already under a corporate integrity agreement after incurring $900 million in fines in 2006 to resolve previous allegations of overbilling. The current charges against Tenet reflect the largest fines ever resulting from inappropriate admissions cases. The settlement was reached under the False Claims Act. Since 2009, the federal government has recovered more than $6.6 billion in cases related to health care fraud under the auspices of the False Claims Act.
In recent years, healthcare providers have focused more on the profits they bring in than the quality of care they provide, resulting in unethical behavior like overbilling. If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of unethical healthcare company practices, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact a personal injury attorney at Arnold & Itkin to receive a free consultation regarding your case.