Monday, December 15, 2008

Not Paying to Play

Look what happens when hospitals offer doctors office space at below-market rates through the use of "grants:" they get investigated by the US government:
"The Condell settlement resolved deals that included improper loans made to physicians, leases with doctor practices that were below fair market value and hospital payments to doctors who performed "patient services without required written agreements," the U.S. attorney's office said in a statement.

"Northwestern Memorial HealthCare and its subsidiaries Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern Memorial Foundation have each received a subpoena from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General. The subpoenas request information regarding the structuring of various arrangements between Northwestern Memorial and the Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation. A subpoena is a formal request for information and is not an accusation of wrong doing."

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