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Tenet Healthcare Corporation

U.S. ex rel. Williams v. Tenet Healthcare (“Tenet”). In 2009, W&G began prosecuting a massive False Claims Act case against one of the biggest hospital companies in the country, Tenet Healthcare Corporation.  The case officially settled for $368M.  Tenet also agreed to pay $145M in criminal restitution.  W&G’s client is whistleblower Bill Williams, an Army veteran and former hospital finance executive.  Mr. Williams will receive a portion of the civil settlement funds.   Click here for the W&G press release.

The suit alleged that Tenet and four of its hospitals in Georgia and South Carolina, entered into an illegal arrangement with a business called “Clinica de la Mama” that operated walk-in obstetric clinics for undocumented Hispanic women.  The suit alleges that under the arrangement, Tenet paid Clinica to locate and refer to Tenet’s hospitals pregnant, undocumented women who would have their babies at Tenet hospitals at government expense.  Women who are not U.S. citizens are not eligible for regular Medicaid but because labor is an emergency condition, Emergency Medicaid pays for the services.  Paying for referrals of Medicaid patients violates the federal Anti-Kickback Statute and applicable Georgia laws.  The State of Georgia joined W&G in prosecuting the case in 2013 and the U.S. Department of Justice joined in 2014.  Tenet was represented in the case by two major law firms, Alton & Bird, LLP in Atlanta and Latham & Watkins, LLP in Washington, DC and Los Angeles, CA.

Status: Settled

Articles and Links:

  • U.S. Department of Justice identifies a W&G case as one of the top five most significant healthcare fraud cases of 2016
    Click here for the U.S. Department of Justice press release dated December 14, 2016.
  • A big sum for Medicaid – and come hard choices
    Click here for a Georgia Health News article by Andy Miller dated October 12,2016.
  • Government fires back in false claims suit against Prime: 6 things to know
    Click here for a Becker’s Hospital Review article by Ayla Ellison dates October 10, 2016.
  • Tenet Healthcare to pay $513 million in kickback case
    Click here for an Atlanta Journal-Constitution article by Carrie Teegardin dated October 3, 2016.
  • Dallas-based Tenet to pay $514 million to settle whistleblower lawsuit
    Click here for a Dallas Morning News article by Sabriya Rice dated October 3, 2016.
  • Tenet to pay millions over fraud scheme in Georgia 
    Click here for a Georgia Health news article dated October 3, 2016.
  • Two former Tenet hospitals plead guilty to Medicaid kickbacks; $514M settlement finalized
    Click here for a Modern Healthcare article by Erica Teichert dated October 3, 2016.
  • Tenet Healthcare to Pay $514 Million to Settle Kickback Allegations
    Click here for a Wall Street Journal article by Melanie Evans dated October 3, 2016.
  • Hospital chain to pay $513 million to settle kickback claims
    Click here for an Associated Press article dated October 3, 2016.
  • Settlement in “Pay-to-Play” Scheme Involving Undocumented Pregnant Women to Exceed $500M
    Click here for an article by Robin McDonald, Daily Report dated August 18, 2016
  • Tenet Healthcare to pay $514 million to Resolve Kickback Allegations
    Click here for an article by Evan Sweeney, dated August 5, 2016.
  • Tenet Hospital Chain Offers $238M to Settle Kickback Scheme Allegations
    Click here for an article by Robin McDonald, Daily Report dated February 26, 2016
  • Government Intervenes in Lawsuit Against Tenet Healthcare Corp. and Georgia Hospital Owned by Health Management Associates, Inc. Alleging Payment of Kickbacks
    Click Here for the release from the U.S. DOJ.
    GOVT COMPLAINT INTERVENTION for Complaint-in-Intervention filed by the U. S. Department of Justice.
    Govt Complaint in Intervention Exh. 1 – 7 for Exhibits 1-7.
    Govt Complaint in Intervention Exh. 8-18 for Exhibits 8-18.
    Govt Complaint in Intervention Exh. 19-23 for Exhibits 19-23.
    Govt Complaint in Intervention Exh. 24-25 for Exhibits 24-25.

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Marlan Wilbanks, Esq.

Marlan Wilbanks

Marlan is currently acting as lead counsel in important qui tam cases that are filed in over 16 federal and state courts across the nation. He has handled whistleblower litigation matters against numerous individuals and large companies that have committed fraudulent acts against the government in federal courts and many state courts, including cases from California to Florida.

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Susan Gouinlock, Esq.

Susan Gouinlock

Susan S. Gouinlock has represented whistleblowers for more than ten years. Susan joined Wilbanks & Bridges in 2011 and became a partner in 2013. Her legal career has been successful and diverse, including a unique mixture of working for the government as a lawyer as well as years of representing individuals and businesses in highly regulated environments, including for example spending six (6) years as in-house general counsel to a major corporation.
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