HMA Discloses In SEC
Filing Four Whistleblower Suits
Naples-based hospital chain Health Management Associates which owns Lehigh Regional Medical Center has disclosed in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing Monday that courts have unsealed four whistleblower lawsuits accusing the company’s hospitals of violating federal laws.
Among allegations in the suits, HMA is accused of inappropriately admitting patients and submitting reimbursement claims to federal health programs. The suits also accuse HMA of having improper financial agreements with doctors and on claims submitted to the government for payment.
HMA stated in the SEC filing that it would contest the allegations and ask for dismissal of the lawsuits, filed in U.S. district courts for the Middle District of Florida, the Southern District of Florida and the Middle District of Georgia.
About a year ago, the CBS program “60 Minutes” aired a segment with former workers stating HMA pressured physicians to admit emergency room patients to bring in more revenue.
Tennessee-based Community Health Systems Inc. is looking to buy HMA according Lehigh Regional Medical Center in a $7.6 billion deal.