Thompson v. Columbia/HCA Healthcare
Civil & Criminal Settlements and Claims
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
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
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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