Tenet Healthcare Corp., Santa Barbara, Calif., said it is voluntarily complying with a document request by the U.S. attorney in St. Louis. Federal prosecutors are seeking documents related to physician relocation agreements at four Tenet hospitals in St. Louis and a former Tenet hospital in Kennett, Mo. -- Twin Rivers Regional Medical Center, Tenet said. The prosecutors also requested more information about certain admissions and medical procedures at Twin Rivers, Tenet said.
The company said it disclosed in its quarterly securities report earlier this week that Health Management Associates, the new owner of Twin Rivers and Harton Regional Medical Center in Tullahoma, Tenn., received subpoenas last week requesting documents dating back to Tenet's ownership of the hospitals. HMA purchased Twin Rivers, Harton Regional and three other Tenet hospitals last year. The Twin Rivers subpoena seeks documents pertaining to cardiac-care patients at the hospital from 1999 to 2003. Tenet's treatment of heart patients has been scrutinized since allegations surfaced in October 2002 that unnecessary heart procedures were performed at Tenet's former Redding (Calif.) Medical Center. The Harton Regional subpoena seeks mostly financial records from June 2000 to 2003, Tenet said in its securities filing. -- by Vince Galloro