|Former Tenet Exec Charged in Miami|
|Written by Jay Weaver | Miami Herald|
|Thursday, 02 February 2017 00:00|
A former executive with the giant Tenet hospital chain has been charged in Miami with paying bribes to a clinic for patient referrals in a scheme to bill hundreds of millions of dollars to the U.S. government.
John Holland, a former senior vice president for Tenet Healthcare Corp., is also accused of misleading federal authorities about the company’s amends for unlawful billing practices dating back more than a decade.
Holland, 59, pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Miami federal court to charges of paying $12 million in kickbacks to Clinica de la Mama, which referred expectant mothers to the chain’s hospitals for neonatal services reimbursed by the Medicaid program.
The clinic provided prenatal care to predominantly undocumented Hispanic women before referring them to Tenet’s hospitals in Georgia and South Carolina, according to an indictment. The undocumented immigrants were not eligible for regular Medicaid benefits, but they could qualify for certain types of services, such as “emergency” labor and delivery, at taxpayer expense.
|Last Updated on Friday, 03 February 2017 18:53|
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