Two companies accused of "headhunting" patients for psychiatric hospitals were sued last week by the state of Texas.
The defendants are Janet Greeson's A Place for Us, Orlando, Fla.; and Texas Hotline and Summer Sky Treatment Center, affiliated organizations based in Stephenville, Texas. Texas Hotline is charged with receiving illegal headhunter fees to generate patients for Summer Sky's treatment programs. Summer Sky executives declined comment.
This isn't the first legal skirmish for Ms. Greeson's program. Last year, 21 Blue Cross plans sued the company (Feb. 15, 1993, p. 34). The lawsuit is pending.
The Blues plans charged that Ms. Greeson's program provided free round-trip airplane tickets for patients who were treated for weight reduction but were diagnosed as depressed so their insurance coverage would cover the costs.
Ms. Greeson contended that the patients needed inpatient treatment for depression.
The state's suit charges that Ms. Greeson's program used a telemarketing "scheme" to generate psychiatric patients for her program at Heights Hospital, a Houston hospital operated by Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp. Heights is not a defendant in the suit.
The suits were filed in state District Court, Austin.