A class-action lawsuit against Tenet Healthcare Corp., Dallas, by Boca Raton (Fla.) Community Hospital may be consolidated with a nearly identical case brought on behalf of public hospitals by Florida's attorney general, said Paul Risner, vice president and general counsel at Boca Raton Community. The 394-bed, not-for-profit hospital filed the suit last week in U.S. District Court in Miami. As in the Florida lawsuit, Boca Raton Community alleged that Tenet wrongly inflated its prices and manipulated Medicare's outlier system at the expense of other hospitals. Risner estimated that as many as 4,000 hospitals could join the class action. Both suits seek unspecified damages, ask that Tenet be forced to disgorge wrongly gained revenue and accuse the company of racketeering, which could result in triple damages. "Whether the lawsuits are together or separate, the allegations are still unwarranted," Tenet spokesman Steve Campanini said. -- by Melanie Evans
Fla. hospital echoes state in class action against Tenet
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