Stark Violations Land Hospital in Hot Water

A May 9, 2006, Los Angeles Times article (Lisa Girion, U.S. Programs May Exclude Tenet Hospital, The Los Angeles Times, May 9, 2006 at C9), it was reported that, “… the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General notified Dallas-based Tenet that it intended to exclude Alvarado Hospital Medical Center in San Diego from the Medicare program, the Medicaid plan for the poor and all other federal health programs. The decision is based on allegations that Alvarado paid kickbacks over 10 years in order to induce doctors to refer patients for services and items paid for by the federal programs. ” This action follows two mistrials in which jurors were unable to agree as to whether Tenet, Alvarado Hospital Medical Center and a former employee were guilty of related criminal charges. To read more, see The LA Times.