The Senate Finance Committee threatened to subpoena Tenet Healthcare Corp., Santa Barbara, Calif., if the company fails to release a consultant's report about the cardiology program at Redding (Calif.) Medical Center. In a letter to Tenet Chairman Edward Kangas, committee Chairman Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) said, "Tenet owes a duty to (Redding Medical Center) patients, physicians, staff, the Redding community and America's taxpayers to share what it knows." Tenet hired Mercer Human Resource Consulting to review the cardiology program at Redding after allegations became public that two physicians performed medically unnecessary procedures at the hospital. In an unrelated development, Tenet said it has closed two deals to divest hospitals. Five hospitals were sold to investor-owned Health Management Associates, Naples, Fla., and one was sold to not-for-profit Albert Einstein Healthcare Network, Philadelphia. Tenet owns and operates 106 hospitals, including five hospitals it has agreed to sell. -- by Vince Galloro
Panel may subpoena Tenet for consultant's report
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