A blog focusing on politics in Central Illinois.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Silence is golden

The State Journal-Register broke the news today on the ongoing DMH investigation.
DECATUR - Federal investigators have ordered dozens of Macon County doctors to hand over tax forms, contracts and other documents in an ongoing probe of Decatur Memorial Hospital's financial practices.

No charges or other formal allegations have been filed in the investigation, in which at least 85 doctors have received subpoenas.

As part of the inquiry, federal officials apparently are trying to determine whether Decatur Memorial broke federal laws that prohibit hospitals from using incentives or kickbacks to get doctors to refer patients for medical services, said Dr. Tim Bailey, a Decatur general surgeon.

It is sad to see this broken in the Springfield paper, I would hope that the second largest employer in Decatur being the target of a federal investigation, and yet we have nothing from our paper on it. Oh well, as it goes, I'll be patiently waiting to see if it makes the news tommorow, but I'm not hopeful.