Tenet pays $1.41 million to settle False Claims Act allegations for hospital’s implanting unnecessary cardiac monitors

by Ben Vernia | February 13th, 2020

On February 11, the Department of Justice announced that Tenet Healthcare Corp. will pay $1.41 million to settle allegations that its Palm Springs, California hospital submitted false claims for medically unnecessary cardiac monitors. According to DOJ’s press release:

Tenet Healthcare Corporation and its affiliated hospital Desert Regional Medical Center (DRMC), a general medical and surgical hospital located in Palm Springs, California, have agreed to pay $1.41 million to resolve allegations that they violated the False Claims Act by knowingly charging Medicare for implanting unnecessary cardiac monitors, the Justice Department announced today.

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The Government announced that the whistleblower, a former hospital employee, will receive $240,789 of the settlement (a 17% relators’ share).

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