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Thompson v. Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corporation

$1.7 Billion Civil & Criminal Settlements and Claims

James M. Thompson, M.D. from Corpus Christi, Texas was the first doctor in the nation to blow the whistle on the healthcare giant, Columbia/HCA. His suffering and diligence have finally been rewarded.

In March 1995, Perry & Haas of Corpus Christi, Texas filed a lawsuit on behalf of Dr. Thompson against Columbia/HCA alleging kickbacks and Medicare fraud. His disclosure of the chain's financial inducements involving physicians led some of his colleagues to ostracize him. When other doctors would not share on-call duties for his patients, he ended up practicing alone without a day off for three years. This stress and overwork led to Dr. Thompson suffering a stroke in 1998, which left him unable to continue his medical practice.

United States of America Ex. Rel. James M. Thompson vs. Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corporation, et. al., filed in U.S. District Court in Corpus Christi was the first public disclosure of Columbia/HCA's wrongdoings. This disclosure led the government to undertake an extensive investigation that eventually encompassed virtually all of Columbia/HCA's business practices and led to a comprehensive settlement of Dr. Thompson's and others allegations of Medicare fraud and the recovery of recovery of $1.7 billion by Medicare pursuant to the False Claims Act. The False Claims Act provides that whistleblowers, like Dr. Thompson, receive a portion of the monies recovered due to their efforts.

Dr. Thompson blew the whistle on Columbia/HCA and attorneys David Perry, René Haas, and Patricia A. Shackelford of Perry & Haas took on the largest healthcare provider in the nation. As a result of work like this, the healthcare chain has been brought to account - approximately $1.7 billion in civil and criminal settlements and claims recovered by the government.

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