Prime Healthcare discloses federal investigations

Posted: February 07, 2013

Prime Healthcare Services Inc., the California company that owns Roxborough Memorial and Lower Bucks Hospitals, disclosed last month in an application to buy a Rhode Island hospital that it is subject to two federal investigations, California Watch, an investigative journalism nonprofit, reported.

Prime said that in June it received a subpoena for documents related to allegations involving Medicare billings. The second investigation involves allegations that one of Prime's hospitals violated patient confidentiality laws.

When asked in November by The Inquirer if it was under investigation, Prime skirted the question in a written response. "Prime Healthcare believes any future scrutiny will show that its hospitals are committed to following all state and federal laws and regulations," the statement said.    - Harold Brubaker

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