Healthcare Litigation Alert: Physicians and Others Affiliated with Forest Park Medical Center in Dallas Indicted in Massive Conspiracy
By Don Barbo, Managing Director and John Meindl, Manager
The U.S. Department of Justice announced on December 1, 2016, that various parties, including physicians and executives, affiliated with Forest Park Medical Center in Dallas (FPMC) have been charged in a federal indictment with various felony offenses stemming from their payment and/or receipt of approximately $40 million in bribes and kickbacks for referring certain patients to FPMC. The scheme occurred over a four-year period from 2009-2013 and involved over $500 million in patient charges and $200 million in collections received by FPMC. The indictment names each of the 21 defendants charged.
FPMC was a physician owned hospital that was an out of network facility with its payers.