Tenet Healthcare Corp., Santa Barbara, Calif., its subsidiaries and Tenet's Redding (Calif.) Medical Center denied knowingly submitting false claims to government healthcare programs as Tenet agreed to pay $54 million to resolve issues involved in the alleged performance of unnecessary procedures at Redding. The allegations center on two nonemployed physicians who performed cardiac procedures at the 188-bed hospital. The settlement does not limit the government's investigation of individuals, prosecutors said. Tenet released its statement following announcement of the settlement by the U.S. attorney's office in Sacramento, Calif. Tenet will pay $51.35 million to the federal government and $2.65 million to California. The company also agreed to boost training, audit and peer review measures. The settlement is the largest recovery for fraud based on medically unnecessary procedures, prosecutors said. -- by Vince Galloro and Mark Taylor
Tenet issues statement on Redding, Calif., settlement
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