Jackson-Madison Co. General Hospital settles lawsuit

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JACKSON, Tenn. — Jackson-Madison County General Hospital speaks out after they agree to pay a $1.3 million settlement to the federal government for misuse of Medicare and Medicaid for cardiac treatments. The lawsuit against the hospital is for claims submitted to Medicare and Medicaid resulting from services of Dr. Elie Korban, a physician who treated patients in the hospital’s Cath lab from 2004 to 2011. The hospital reached a settlement with the federal government after eight years. “This lawsuit was in reference to a 2007 lawsuit, and as part of the settlement we will be paying $1.3 million to the Department of Justice,” hospital spokesperson Beth Parnell said. Parnell says she wasn’t cleared to answer many of our questions about what led to the lawsuit and how patients will respond to the settlement. She says the allegations result from the services of Dr. Korban. Parnell says they do not admit any wrongdoing. “The settlement is definitely not a determination of liability,” Parnell said. “That was simply a way for us to avoid additional cost that is involved with litigation.” In 2013, Korban agreed to settle a lawsuit of $1.15 million for his part in the allegations. The Department of Justice says settlements such as these will protect public funds and safeguard the federal health care programs. The hospital says they are looking to move forward and will continue to always review their practices. “We look at our practices and our procedures and make sure that anything we are doing is for the best for patient safety and overall total care for the patient,” Parnell said. The hospital says Korban is still a part of the medical staff but has never been employed by the hospital.

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