U.S. Justice Department officials are investigating the billing practices at a small Nebraska hospital that recently became the first not-for-profit in the state to convert to for-profit status under Nebraska's stringent hospital conversion law.
The hospital's owner, Rajitha Goli, M.D., and her Denver attorney confirmed the investigation, although they said the U.S. attorney's office in Omaha, Neb., hadn't told them the exact nature of the probe.
Goli's attorney, Steve Peters, said subpoenas were served at both 18-bed Goli Medical Center, the former Sargent (Neb.) District Hospital, and Goli's cardiology clinic in Kearney, Neb.
The subpoenas, served by the FBI in September, asked for patient and billing records. The agents took the records to Omaha. The FBI office in Omaha refused to confirm or deny the investigation.
"I think the federal government is bound to conclude there are no criminal charges to bring here," Peters said.
Goli acquired the hospital in September after managing it for more than a year and spending some of her own money to do so (Oct. 27, p. 20).