- The NYT profiles Health Management Associates (HMA), which is facing multiple lawsuits in several states - including from the Justice Department - over claims that it would admit patients into hospitals even if they didn't need treatment so that it could receive more money from Medicare and Medicaid.
- The practice was allegedly driven by former CEO Gary Newsome.
- The problem from the authorities point of view is that settlements are relatively small. Penalties would only act as a deterrent, says analyst Sheryl Skolnick, if they were at least $500M.
NYT: Health Management's scheme to boost payments
Jan 24 2014, 03:36 ET