SC hospital may be forced to close

Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 8:42 AM
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SUMTER, S.C. — Lawyers say a Sumter hospital could be forced to close if it’s forced to pay a full judgment in a false Medicare claims case.

The Item of Sumter reports that attorneys for Tuomey Healthcare System say in court papers there would be “a public health disaster” in the area unless a stay is granted in the case.

Earlier this year, a federal jury found Tuomey signed doctors to lucrative, part-time contracts to ensure that they would get referral fees associated with those physicians’ procedures — an illegal kickback under Medicare law.

Prosecutors said Tuomey collected $39 million in fraudulent Medicare claims between 2005 and 2009 based on those doctors’ procedures.

The federal government is seeking more than $237 million in damages, an amount Tuomey says is unconstitutional.

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soapy_725
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soapy_725 01/02/14 - 08:49 am
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soapy_725 01/02/14 - 08:50 am
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The doctors and hospitals are barely making a buck. Let them b.
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The doctors and hospitals are barely making a buck. Let them b.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 01/02/14 - 08:51 am
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Medicare fraud? A corrupt government program? No way.
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Medicare fraud? A corrupt government program? No way.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 01/02/14 - 08:52 am
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More employed by Medicare system than the US military
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More employed by Medicare system than the US military

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David Parker 01/02/14 - 08:54 am
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Too bad so sad.

You don't want to pay damages, don't go damaging others trying to play by the rules. If the kickbacks are a clever way to skim off the top, close it down and let's move on.

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Marinerman1 01/02/14 - 09:10 am
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Show Me The Money

Show me where the $39M went. Who was the legal representative for Tuorney that told them this was a legal thing to do? I do think that the summary judgement of $237M is a little out of line.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 01/02/14 - 09:40 am
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Send a message

A message needed to be sent to the Hospital and other such criminal activities.

I feel the Hospital should be placed under Fed or state receivership and 10% of all annual gross profits returned the Fed's until paid WITH 9% INTEREST.

Every body wins.

BTW:
The SAME goes for the Doctors and others that were a part of this scam.

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internationallyunknown 01/02/14 - 09:54 am
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I agree with each comment.

I agree with each comment. What are the citizens supposed to do? Sad situation.

The federal government is being a bully (THUGGERY)
The doctors already make more than the average citizen (GREED)

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rmwhitley 01/02/14 - 09:59 am
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Really sorry
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for the people of Sumter county but if Tuomey broke the law, it must pay. The fed isn't exactly hands clean on anything it does or investigates--------especially under this regime.

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Bizkit 01/02/14 - 10:42 am
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Actually doctors don't make

Actually doctors don't make lucrative salaries on balance of their cost of education, etc. according to studies. Lots of other occupations that take little investment of their time or cost with outrageous incomes. Average specialist makes 350K and average family care 150K. That seems like small potatoes to business CEOs. "rate of return on a medical education is far below that of students who pursue law degrees or MBAs. " Only 21 percent of physicians are considered in the top 1% population income.

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Sweet son 01/02/14 - 12:06 pm
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Forget the thievery or whatever you want to call it! The

healthcare of the citizens served by this facility should be of utmost importance. If there is sufficient healthcare available without this hospital then maybe shut it down. But if the public suffers because of the malfeasance of a bunch of hospital administrators then it should remain open. Mariner1 is right. The damage amount does seem excessive since it is 6 times the amount of the fraudulent claims. I guess if it is a private hospital then it should be paid.

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jimmymac 01/02/14 - 03:30 pm
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DOCTORS
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It would seem the doctors were part of this criminal conspiracy and some of them should go down as well.

IBeDogGone
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IBeDogGone 01/02/14 - 07:40 pm
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Bizkit Right On

You are right about the income of doctors, consider also the amount of malpractice insurance they pay. Other professions are more lucrative for the investment since the government has almost completely taken over our health care. I cannot say whether any illegal transaction took place other than to know kickbacks for Medicare are illegal. I would like to know if the doctors are employees of the hospital? If they are employees then they are not liable, if they are not employees why is the hospital the liable party? I can promise you one thing there was a whistle blower in the case that probably was a disgruntled individual because his cut was not as good as the others. I hope they citizens of the area are not put in jeporady because of this.

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Bodhisattva 01/03/14 - 06:52 am
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How much is a traffic fine

How much is a traffic fine for rolling through a stop sign with no other traffic around, windows tinted a shade too dark, being a day late getting your tag renewed? No harm, no foul, no criminal intent yet rather expensive to the individual. Here you have direct criminal intent, defrauding the government (i.e. the taxpayers). Should the fine be less than they profited? An equal amount to what they profited so it's a wash? OR should the fine be large enough to actually penalize groups that defraud the system to discourage others from doing the same? We have ridiculous sentencing for all kinds of crimes in the name of deterrence. Why should white collar crime be any different?

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InChristLove 01/03/14 - 07:35 am
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This is the only civilian

This is the only civilian hospital in Sumter of about 40,000 people. Some of those are military and are serviced by the hospital on Shaw AFB but if this hospital closes where are these individuals suppose to go for their emergency medical needs. Columbia is 45 mins away and not sure about Lee and Clarendon county.

Yes, there is a whistle blower. One of the doctors who was let go originally filed the law suit I believe.

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internationallyunknown 01/03/14 - 07:51 am
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4 (or 6) local hospitals!

40,000 people and the nearest hospital is in Columbia or Charleston...man LOVE Augusta.

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