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US settles biggest ever healthcare fraud case

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7277.10 (Published 06 January 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:10
  1. Fred Charatan
  1. Florida

    The healthcare company HCA has agreed to plead guilty to criminal conduct and pay more than $840m (£560m) in criminal fines, civil penalties, and damages for alleged unlawful billing practices (3 June, p 1492). US Attorney General Janet Reno announced the settlement with the firm, formerly known as Columbia/HCA, at the justice department last month after a seven year federal investigation triggered by private whistleblowers.

    “This investigation has been the largest multiagency investigation of a healthcare …

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