HMA denies '60 Minutes' allegations of quotas, fraud
A Naples, FL-based hospital operator landed on "60 Minutes" on Sunday, with the lead segment focused on accusations by more than 100 of its current and former employees that it has pressured its doctors to admit patients "regardless of medical need" to boost company profits. On camera, the CBS report on Health Management Associates Inc. featured several of the company's former employees who shared the same story, saying there were admission targets and software that coerced HMA doctors into admitting more patients. They accused the company of fraud and said doctors who didn't meet quotas faced threats they would be fired. Alan Levine, an HMA senior vice president and Florida Group president, defended the company, saying allegations that the company put people in the hospital that shouldn't have been there were "absolutely wrong."
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