Reiss Comments on Tennessee Hospital's False Claims Case

Reiss Comments on Tennessee Hospital's False Claims Case

"Alleged Stark, Kickback Violations Drive $40M False Claims Case; Staff Tipped Feds", Report on Medicare Compliance

October 31, 2005

John B. Reiss, Partner and Co-Chair of the Health Law Practice Group and resident in the Firm's Philadelphia office, is quoted in this article about the October 24 announcement that Erlanger Medical Center, a Tennessee-based public hospital, will pay 40 million dollars to resolve allegations that it submitted false claims to Medicare, Medicaid, and TRICARE. Suspicions originally arose from complaints from former and current employees and others.

Mr. Reiss said that former and current employees reporting alleged wrongdoing at the hospital is a good sign that its work force has a strong ethical commitment.

"If employees were disturbed enough to tell the government that things at the hospital were not right, it suggests good things in terms of the ethical culture," he said.