Tenet Completes Settlement for Inpatient Rehabilitation Admissions

DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Tenet Healthcare Corporation (NYSE: THC) today announced that it has entered into a voluntary civil settlement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Georgia and the Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services for $42.75 million. The settlement relates to a previously disclosed matter involving inpatient rehabilitation admissions at 25 Tenet inpatient rehabilitation units from 2005 to 2007. The amount of the settlement was fully reserved by the Company as of Dec. 31, 2011. The cash payment for the settlement will be paid in Tenet’s second quarter 2012.

As part of an internal 2007 review, the Company’s compliance department identified overpayments related to inpatient rehabilitation unit at one facility. The overpayments resulted from Medicare patients having been admitted to the inpatient rehabilitation unit at a hospital in Georgia when those patients could have been treated at a lower level of care. In accordance with the Office of Inspector General (OIG) self disclosure protocol and consistent with our obligations under Tenet’s Corporate Integrity Agreement with the OIG of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Company promptly notified the OIG of its findings. This settlement is the result of dialogue between the United States and Tenet arising from that disclosure. Tenet currently operates eight inpatient rehabilitation units.

Tenet Healthcare Corporation, a leading health care services company, through its subsidiaries operates 50 hospitals, over 100 free-standing outpatient centers and Conifer Health Solutions, a leader in business process solutions for health care providers that serves more than 300 hospital and health care entities nationwide. Tenet’s hospitals and related health care facilities are committed to providing high quality care to patients in the communities they serve. For more information, please visit www.tenethealth.com.

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