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Tenet Healthcare to Pay $1.4M to Settle Cardiac Lawsuit

Tenet Healthcare and its Southern California hospital Desert Regional Medical Center will pay $1.4 million to resolve allegations that they knowingly charged Medicare for implanting unnecessary cardiac monitors in patients.

Tenet Healthcare Corporation and its Southern California hospital Desert Regional Medical Center will pay $1.41 million to resolve allegations that they knowingly charged Medicare for implanting unnecessary cardiac monitors in patients, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.

The settlement resolves a lawsuit filed by former hospital employee Michael Grace saying that Tenet and Desert Regional violated the federal False Claims Act, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a news release.

The lawsuit alleged the medical center charged Medicare after cardiologists unnecessarily implanted cardiac monitors commonly known as loop recorders in patients between 2014 and 2017 at the hospital in Palm Springs. Medicare only reimburses services and treatments that are reasonable and medically necessary.

Read the source article at usnews.com

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