Erlanger Health System officials confirmed Friday they are expecting a subpoena from federal authorities regarding expired contracts with the Chattanooga Heart Institute.
Doug Fisher, Erlanger’s vice president of government and corporate affairs, confirmed the subpoena request in a written statement to the Times Free Press.
“We have little information about this situation but do believe it dates back several years,” he said. “The administration has taken very extensive and expensive measures in the compliance area in recent years, and we are very confident that steps are in place to assure that our contracts follow all legal requirements.”
Donald White, a spokesman for the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General, declined to say whether his agency is involved.
“As a matter of investigative procedure, we can neither confirm nor deny operations that may be pending before the agency,” he said.
In a 2005 settlement that sapped hospital reserves, Erlanger paid $40 million to the U.S. Justice Department amid allegations that hospital officials violated anti-kickback statutes.
“Any time we receive requests for information from the federal government, we are always ready to comply and look forward to resolutions to their questions,” Fisher said.
For complete details, see tomorrow’s Times Free Press.