Showing posts with label Tenet Healthcare. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Tenet Healthcare. Show all posts

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Tenet Healthcare (NME) Corporate Integrity Agreements Look Much the Same.

Tenet Healthcare Corporation, formerly National Medical Enterprises (NME) accused of committing fraud by admitting thousands of psychiatric patients who did not need it. Over a period of 3 years had it’s offices raided, settled lawsuits in the amount of $2.5 million, paid $380 million and plead guilty of 8 criminal counts by two of its facilities. This company too, agreed to a 5 year Corporate Integrity Agreement (CIA) on September 27, 1996. Tenet also owned the Redding Medical Center, in California that delivered unnecessary heart surgeries to over 600 patients. They paid the federal and state government $54 million in fines and admitted no wrong doing.

In 2004 Tenet paid another $395 million to 769 patients to settle the lawsuits that followed. You can read about each of the scandals in the books Coronary – A True Story of Medicine Gone Awry, by Stephen Klaidman and Money-Driven Medicine by author Maggie Mahar.  Mentioned in both books, is James Robert Moriarty, of Moriarty-Leyndecker, who is leading up the civil suits against Church Street Health Management and it’s string of illegal Medicaid dental clinics.

2006 Tenet paid total of $900 million in fees to resolve more claims of defrauding Medicare. Tenet was also the owner of the Memorial Medical Center in New Orleans where a doctor and two nurses were arrested on charges of second-degree murder in the deaths of four patients after Hurricane Katrina.

Tenet Healthcare's 1996 CIA compared to the 2010 Church Street Health Management’s CIA, look much the same. Very little of the boilerplate form has changed since 1996.