HHS investigates Northwestern Memorial Hospital

We don't know what Northwestern Memorial Hospital did to upset HHS, but apparently something doesn't look kosher. The facility is being investigated currently over its relationship with the Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation, a 500-physicians faculty practice based at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine.

So far, it's not clear what's going on. But as FierceHealthcare readers know, there's seemingly a thousand ways in which a hospital's relationship with doctors can run afoul of self-referral bans, False Claims accusations and other entanglements.

Whatever HHS thinks it has found, it is being tight-lipped about it. Meanwhile, Northwestern is offering up the information requested through a subpoena. The 787-bed facility also says that it plans to be fully compliant, and believes that all its arrangements are perfectly legal. 

To learn more about the investigation:
- read this Modern Healthcare piece (reg. req.)

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