Texas Public Radio, November 20, 2013
The U.S. Attorney in San Antonio has settled a $3,675,000 whistleblower lawsuit against the Baptist Health System for filing false claims for Medicare reimbursement. According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, the federal investigation under the False Claims Act was triggered by allegations in a whistleblower lawsuit brought by a former employee of the Baptist Health System. Assistant U.S. Attorney Harold Brown said Norma Rivera reported she tried twice to bring the problem to the attention of her employers. Brown said Baptist claimed Rivera did not bring the problem to authorities in 2004 as she stated and that when she pointed it out in 2006, they immediately implemented corrective action.