Tenet Healthcare Corp is appealing a decision on Monday by the U.S. District Court in Detroit that refused to leave or seal a $ 10 million arbitration award to two whistleblowers.
Dr. Amir Kaki and Dr. Mahir Elder are two prominent cardiologists who held board positions and other privileges at Detroit Medical Center until the defendants, including the Dallas-based Tenet, refused to renew them, according to the decision of the U.S. District Court Dr. Amir Kaki et al. v. Tenet Healthcare Corp., et al.
The defendants claimed that this was due to an investigation which revealed "various breaches of conduct", while the plaintiffs claimed "it was retaliation for complaints they made about patient safety and Medicare / Medicaid fraud," according to the decision. [1
Tenet claimed that the arbitrator had exceeded her authority, but the district court did not agree and said that the defendants failed to prove that the award flies "in the face of a clearly established legal precedent." said the court in confirmation of the award and refused to seal it.
The t Defendants in the case have appealed the decision to the Sixth U.S. District Court in Cincinnati.
Lawyers did not respond to requests for comment.