Last month, the Department of Justice announced that it was intervening in a False Claims Act case brought against IPC The Hospitalist Co. Inc., and its subsidiaries (IPC). This most recent case again illustrates the opportunities for corruption and abuse that exist within the health care community.
According to the DOJ, IPC is one of the largest providers of hospitalist service providers in America. It employs 1,400 doctors and nurses in over 1,300 facilities in 28 states.
Hospitalists are doctors who work only in hospitals and other long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes. They oversee and coordinate inpatient care at these various facilities.