St. Joseph Medical Center, Towson, Md., part of 60-hospital Catholic Health Initiatives, struck a tentative deal with federal prosecutors to settle a yearlong investigation into the provider's financial relationship with the physicians group MidAtlantic Cardiovascular Associates. Hospital officials and the U.S. district attorney's office in Baltimore said details of the agreement will not be made available until the settlement has been approved and signed by all parties, which could take several months. In a news release, the hospital did acknowledge for the first time that the investigation is a probe into the referral relationship between St. Joseph and MidAtlantic. St. Joseph officials also said they expect to begin discussions with HHS' inspector general's office about a potential corporate integrity agreement, which could involve monitoring the provider for three to five years. Announcement of the tentative agreement follows news in May that three of 332-bed St. Joseph's top executives, including CEO John Tolmie, had resigned in connection with the federal investigation.
Late News: St. Joseph strikes tentative deal in Md. to settle investigation
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