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Tustin Hospital “Monkey Business” No Surprise

Posted Mar 05 2010 12:00am

A former Tustin Hospital executive pleaded guilty Tuesday to paying kickbacks to recruit homeless people who underwent unnecessary treatment billed to Medicare.

I used to use Tustin hospital years ago for Tummy Tuck surgery back before I started using pain pumps and the patients required hospital admission. There was a case in which my office arranged payment up front with the hospital. The patient paid for her hospital and operating room charges on the day of surgery, but still a few months later the hospital had billed Medicare and her secondary for tens of thousands of dollars. I remember calling the hospital CFO and getting an argument. The patient reported the incident to Medicare and we curtailed our use of the hospital and their surgical center.

When reports like this come out, sometimes it is not all that surprising.

Best Regards,

John Di Saia MD

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