Tenet Healthcare Corp., Santa Barbara, Calif., said the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles requested information in two separate investigations involving Tenet's Desert Regional Medical Center, Palm Springs, Calif., and Centinela Hospital Medical Center, Inglewood, Calif. The office asked for billing and coding documents from 1993 to the present related to 353 patient records at Desert Regional's cancer center. Tenet has operated the hospital since 1997 under a long-term lease. Investigators also requested information on the relationship between Centinela Hospital and Allied Homecare Consultants, a home health placement service. Tenet spokesman Steven Campanini said, "We are cooperating with the government in their ongoing review of our operation. This is part of that review." -- by Patrick Reilly
U.S. seeks documents from two Tenet hospitals
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