Tenet Healthcare Settles Kickback Suit Involving Pregnant Medicaid Beneficiaries for $513 Million

Atlanta Medical Center and North Fulton Medical Center, both part of the Tenet Healthcare Corp., have agreed to pay $513 million to settle criminal and civil claims that the hospitals and Tenet paid kickbacks to prenatal clinics to steer pregnant Medicaid recipients to their facilities, the AP reports. The two hospitals will pay $145 million of that; Tenet will pay $368 million. 

“Tenet cheated the Medicaid system by paying bribes and kickbacks to a prenatal clinic to unlawfully refer over 20,000 Medicaid patients to the hospitals,” U.S. Attorney John Horn of the Northern District of Georgia said in a statement. “In so doing, they exploited some of the most vulnerable members of our community and took advantage of a payment system designed to ensure that underprivileged patients have choices in receiving care.”

Source: AP