IBJ Podcast: Here’s why the feds are suing Community Health with help from a whistleblower

Federal authorities have accused Community Health Network of engaging in a years-long scheme to recruit physicians and pay them huge salaries and bonuses in return for giving referrals to the Indianapolis-based health system, allowing it to improperly receive money from Medicare.

The health network has denied the allegations, but the government’s case is based at least in part on information brought to light by Thomas Fischer, who served as Community Health’s chief financial officer from 2005 until his sudden exit in 2013.

IBJ’s John Russell has written about the case and talks with host Mason King about the details, what it means for Community Health and how the lawsuit fits into a larger effort by the federal government to claw back what it considers “unjust enrichment” by hospital systems. At stake for the health care industry is systems is billions of dollars a year in Medicare and Medicaid business.

You can read Russell’s latest story about the issue here.

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