Reporters from “60 Minutes” spent more than a year investigating claims made against Health Management Associates, talking to more than 100 current and former employees.
Dr. Cliff Cloonan, a former emergency room doctor at one of the company's Pennsylvania hospitals, told “60 Minutes” that he and others were pressured to admit people who were not sick enough to be admitted.
He said they were pushed to keep the ER admittance rate at 20 percent.
“There's no way that you can do that and not have it be fraudulent because you're not admitting on the basis of medical requirements,” Cloonan said during the interview.
Health Management Associates said in a statement that “60 Minutes” did not find issues with quality of care in their hospitals.
“It was also notable that ‘60 Minutes' failed to identify a single patient who had been inappropriately admitted from any of the company's emergency rooms, including by the physicians interviewed,” the company's statement read.