Wednesday, March 2, 2005
At some point, I guess you have to start to feel sorry for Tenet. What the troubled hospital chain now probably needs more than anything else is some breathing space, a chance to put the past behind it, and an opportunity to chart a new future. You know: like HCA after it settled all of the government claims against it. But after the mistrial in the Alvarado (Calif.) case (followed by the docketing of a new trial date of March 29), now this: Florida has sued Tenet in federal court in Miami, claiming that Tenet's much publicized outlier payment program deprived Florida's public hospitals of millions of dollars in reimbursements that would have flowed their way but for Tenet's alleged abuse of Medicare's outlier program. The suit is described in Reuter's news alert. Jones Day had a nice summary of outlier issues in this 2003 newsletter.