Tenet Settles FCA Suit Over Needless Pacemakers For $1.4M

By Kevin Stawicki (February 11, 2020, 3:27 PM EST) -- Tenet Healthcare Corp. and one of its California hospitals will pay the federal government $1.4 million to resolve a False Claims Act lawsuit claiming it implanted unnecessary pacemakers into patients and stuck Medicare with the tab, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Tuesday.

The settlement ends a portion of the qui tam lawsuit filed by whistleblower Michael Grace accusing the Texas-based health care company and its Palm Springs hospital Desert Regional Medical Center of running a scheme to defraud the federal government since as early as 2014 to implant cardiac event recorders in patients who didn't need them.

"Invasive medical procedures,...

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