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FBI interviews patient in Prime Healthcare inquiry

San Francisco Chronicle / California Watch, January 10, 2012
FBI agents interviewed a former Shasta County hospital patient Friday amid indications of a widening federal inquiry into Medicare billing practices at the Prime Healthcare Services hospital chain. Darlene Courtois, 64, who was featured in a California Watch report last month about unusual Medicare billings at a Prime hospital in Redding, spent more than an hour with three federal agents, said her daughter, Julie Schmitz.