ATLANTA -- Several Atlanta hospitals owned by Tenet Healthcare Corp. are being investigated by federal officials over potential kickback violations.
In filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Dallas-based Tenet says it has received a subpoena from the Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services seeking documents from January 2004 to May 2012 related to the relationship that Atlanta Medical Center, North Fulton Regional Hospital, South Fulton Medical Center (now known as Atlanta Medical Center - South Campus) and Spalding Regional Hospital and Hilton Head (S.C.) Hospital had with an unaffiliated company called Hispanic Medical Management Inc.
Tenet says the hospitals contracted with Hispanic Medical Management for translation, marketing and Medicaid eligibility determination services.
Tenet says the investigation is being conducted by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Georgia, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Georgia and the Department of Justice, and relates to HMM's relationships with various hospitals.
"We understand the government's review focuses on whether the arrangements violated the federal Anti-kickback Statute and False Claims Act. We have produced documents and information responsive to the subpoena and are cooperating with the government's review," Tenet says.
As of the end of 2012, Tenet operated 49 hospitals. The four Atlanta hospitals have a total of 1,160 licensed beds.