CHS Discloses Federal Subpoenas

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media , May 19, 2011

William Patterson, executive director of CtW Investment Group, in an April 21 letter to fellow shareholders, had called for the ouster of Cash, and board members James S. Ely III, and John A. Fry, "given their culpability for the growing scandal surrounding proper oversight of Medicare billing practices, which has precipitated a 25% decline in Community's market value."

Patterson was referring to Tenet's allegations in a lawsuit filed in April that CHS overbilled Medicare by as much as $377 million using medically unnecessary admissions that improved its bottom line and appeal to investors.

CHS abandoned its hostile takeover bid for Dallas-based Tenet earlier this month, after the Tenet board unanimously rejected what CHS called its "best and final offer" of $7.25 per share cash, or about $4.1 billion. Tenet CEO Trevor Fetter and Tenet board chair Edward A. Kangas said in a letter to Smith that the offer "grossly undervalues the company and is not in the best interests of Tenet or its shareholders."

John Commins is a senior editor with HealthLeaders Media.

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