Yes, HCA executives have been busy answering questions from the U.S. Attorney's Office in Miami about the medical necessity of a number of heart procedures performed at HCA hospitals in Florida. And yes, the largest company in Nashville just agreed to settle for $16.5 million allegations it had illegally incentivized some Chattanooga doctors to send patients to its facilities. But CRT Capital analyst Sheryl Skolnick says those worrying there are systemic ethics issues at HCA are overly worried: The company's managers and front-line employees, she told HealthLeaders, have had plenty of practice doing the right thing.
Perhaps because the company was only released from its eight-year CIA in 2009, she says she doesn't see evidence of a widespread problem at HCA. "The behaviors you learn while someone is watching your every move are hard to shake off," says Skolnick.
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