Tenet Healthcare Corp., Dallas, agreed to pay an additional $6.5 million to resolve legal issues regarding unnecessary cardiac procedures at Tenet's former Redding (Calif.) Medical Center, and four former physicians and their insurers agreed to pay $27 million to victims of the unnecessary procedures, to Medicare and to the California Medicaid program. Tenet said the agreement "brings to a fair conclusion an unfortunate chapter" in its past. The company previously paid $54 million to resolve state and federal civil claims stemming from the procedures, sold the hospital in the face of threatened exclusion from federal healthcare programs and established a $395 million fund to pay plaintiffs. Tenet said it is negotiating with private payers that wish to be returned reimbursement for unnecessary procedures. -- by Mark Taylor
Tenet to pay $6.5 million more in Redding case
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