Doctors allege hospital owner committed Medicare fraud, offered kickbacks
Echoing other complaints across the country, two Charlotte-area emergency room doctors allege the for-profit company that owns hospitals in Mooresville and Statesville offered them illegal kickbacks to order unnecessary tests and admit more patients to increase corporate revenues. Drs. Thomas Mason and Steven Folstad, of Mid-Atlantic Emergency Medical Associates, filed the lawsuit in 2010 in U.S. District Court in Charlotte against Lake Norman Regional Medical Center in Mooresville, Davis Regional Medical Center in Statesville, and their owner, Health Management Associates, the fourth-largest for-profit hospital chain with 71 hospitals in 15 states.
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