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Tue Jul 22, 2014, 12:52 AM

Hospital Slumlord Update: Workers testify that hospitals’ owner interfered in billing

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TYLER — Dr. Tariq Mahmood routinely ducked into the billing-code office of his Renaissance Hospital Terrell to insist that other doctors’ patient diagnoses be altered to reflect more expensive treatments, a former employee testified Monday.

After Norma Longley balked, according to her testimony, she later discovered her codes for Medicare reimbursements were being altered at another facility.

Another coder, Cynthia Kennemer Plumlee, testified that she was fired soon after she refused to allow Mahmood to be “involved’’ in reviewing the codes, saying it would have been a serious breach of professional ethics.

On the first day of Mahmood’s federal trial on charges that he conspired to defraud Medicare by submitting $1.1 million in bogus claims for his troubled hospital chain, the two former employees portrayed him as pushing the boundaries on ethical practices far beyond what they had ever seen in their combined 40 years experience in hospitals.

More at http://www.dallasnews.com/news/crime/headlines/20140721-workers-testify-that-hospitals-owner-interfered-in-billing.ece .

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Other links are available at this newspaper article:
http://watchdogblog.dallasnews.com/2013/08/18-million-to-reward-unsafe-hospitals-alarm-in-congress.html/

The most critical article is this:
http://www.dallasnews.com/investigations/headlines/20130713-patients-died-amid-federal-state-regulatory-inaction.ec

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Tue Jul 22, 2014, 03:56 AM

1. Approaching if not passing, a failure of the safety net in Texas.

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