Tenet Healthcare Corp., Santa Barbara, Calif., said a California judge has decided not to prevent two physicians who are being investigated by federal authorities from practicing medicine, including at Tenet's 188-bed Redding (Calif.) Medical Center. The FBI is investigating whether the physicians, Chae Hyun Moon, M.D., 55, and Fidel Realyvasquez Jr., M.D., 53, performed medically unnecessary procedures and later falsely billed Medicare for them, according to an FBI affidavit filed in U.S. District Court, Sacramento. The physicians, who are director of cardiology and chairman of cardiac surgery at Redding, have not been charged. Shasta County Superior Court Judge Monica Marlow turned down a request by California Attorney General Bill Lockyer for a temporary restraining order that would have prevented the physicians from practicing medicine. -- by Vince Galloro
Tenet doctors to keep practicing despite probe
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