Tenet Healthcare Corp., Santa Barbara, Calif., said it has finalized with the U.S. Justice Department a $4.2 million settlement of alleged Medicare upcoding at five Tenet hospitals in Florida. The Justice Department filed a $323 million False Claims Act lawsuit against Tenet last month after the two sides failed to reach an agreement resolving upcoding charges at 104 other Tenet hospitals. The company said it denied wrongdoing in the settlement, which covers claims for two pneumonia DRGs and one septicemia DRG. Tenet, which owns and operates 114 hospitals, faces an HHS' inspector general's office audit of its Medicare outlier payments, investigations of two of its California hospitals, a Federal Trade Commission review of its consolidation of the only two hospitals in Poplar Bluff, Mo., and an informal review of executive stock trades by the Securities and Exchange Commission. -- by Vince Galloro
Tenet settles upcoding charges at Fla. hospitals
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