U.S. District Court in Miami denied the federal government's motion for a partial summary judgment in its case against Tenet Healthcare Corp., Santa Barbara, Calif., and dismissed one of the claims made in an amended complaint against Tenet by the whistleblower. A September trial is scheduled. The whistleblower suit, filed in 1997 by a former Tenet official in Florida, alleged that several Tenet hospitals in Florida overpaid physicians and offered other inducements for patient referrals, such as medical directorships and loan forgiveness, from 1993 to 1997 in violation of federal antikickback laws. Tenet spokesman Steven Campanini said, "We're pleased with the results of these orders and we will continue to vigorously defend this case." -- by Mark Taylor
U.S. denied summary judgment in Tenet case
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