TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Sep 19, 2012

Nashville-based HCA has agreed to pay the federal government $16.5 million to settle accusations that its subsidiaries paid physicians for referrals. The government accused HCA of giving financial benefits to Diagnostic Associates of Chattanooga, another physicians group, to get more patients to come to HCA–owned Parkridge Medical Center in Chattanooga. HCA does not admit any guilt as part of the settlement. Bill Killian, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee, announced the deal today. The company still faces other charges related to billing for heart procedures. The Nashville Business Journal reports.