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Judge to end lawsuit against former Tenet counsel
Modern Healthcare

A federal judge plans to end the government’s bid to hold a former general counsel for Tenet Healthcare Corp. personally liable for Medicare claims that allegedly violated federal restrictions on physician self-referral. The U.S. Justice Department alleged Christi Sulzbach falsely certified Tenet was in compliance with Medicare requirements in 1997 and 1998, when she was associate general counsel and director of the company’s corporate integrity program. In a False Claims Act lawsuit filed in 2007, the government contended she was aware but failed to disclose illegal employment contracts with physicians at Tenet-owned North Ridge Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (since sold and closed).