Tenet Healthcare Settles Bogus Heart Surgery Claims for $395 Million
Tenet Healthcare Corp. has agreed to pay $395 million to settle 769 claims that doctors at its Redding, Calif., hospital performed unnecessary heart surgeries.
The massive settlement -- which must still be approved by 95 percent of the plaintiffs and a Shasta County judge -- will end litigation against the health care giant in connection with the surgeries.
Once approved, the settlement money will immediately go into an interest-accruing fund, and plaintiffs can expect to see payouts as early as January, said Luke Ellis of Gillin, Jacobson, Ellis & Larsen of Orinda, Calif., which represents 186 of the plaintiffs.
Ellis noted that the cases were resolved relatively quickly. The questionable surgeries came to light when FBI agents raided Tenet's Redding Medical Center in October 2002, and many of the lawsuits were filed just last year...