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Wednesday, December 22, 2004

$395 Million to Settle Health Fraud Claims

Tenet_logo_5_1 As reported in the Wall Street Journal and Reuters:

Tenet Healthcare Corp. agreed to pay $395 million to settle most of the litigation brought by patients who claimed to have undergone unnecessary cardiac procedures at one of its hospitals.

Tenet, one of the nation's largest hospital operators, said it will establish a fund to be allocated among more than 750 patients who brought individual civil suits against the company related to heart surgeries and other invasive procedures performed from 1992 through 2002 at its former hospital in Redding, Calif. The allegations surfaced two years ago and provoked a national outcry that tarnished Tenet's reputation and led to sale of the hospital.

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