Tenet Healthcare Can't Dodge Doc-Referral Kickback Suit

Law360, New York (March 27, 2013, 7:13 PM EDT) -- A Florida federal judge Wednesday declined to dismiss a False Claims Act suit accusing Tenet Healthcare Corp. of defrauding state and federal medical programs by regularly taking patient referrals from doctors who lease space from the company at below-market rates.

U.S. District Judge Paul C. Huck said relator Marc Osheroff can rely on so-called corporate integrity agreements, provider agreements and annual cost reports to help show the company flouted its duty to abide by the FCA and the so-called Stark Law by allegedly offering lower rents...
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