September 26, 2012

Jesse Witten Quoted in Report on Medicare Compliance September 2012

Washington, D.C., partner Jesse Witten was quoted in the Report on Medicare Compliance after the first false claims case where a real estate appraiser was the whistleblower.

HCA, a Nashville-based for-profit hospital chain, agreed to pay $16.5 million to settle allegations that it overpaid a physician group for office space. The false claims lawsuit alleged that HCA made deals with a group of physicians to encourage and reward their patient referrals to Parkridge Medical Center, an HCA hospital in Chattanooga .

An employee of the property management service that was contracted to do a fair-market appraisal of the space ultimately blew the whistle.

Jesse said that hospitals should put in their contracts with appraisers and similar kinds of consultants a provision that requires these experts to tell the company immediately if any potential noncompliance comes to their attention.

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