American Academy of Emergency Medicine

Columbia/HCA Executive Sentenced

Jay Jarrell, CEO of Columbia/HCA's Southwest Florida Division, has been sentenced to 33 months in jail and ordered to pay $1,693,417 in restitution and fines. In July, a jury found Jarrell guilty of several charges that stemmed from a scheme to submit false and fraudulent cost reports to Medicare, Medicaid, and the Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Uniformed Military Services. Donna Bucella, United States attorney for the Middle District of Florida said, "This prosecution represents a major step in deterring future fraudulent conduct of health care providers nationwide."

Source: AHA News Now, December 22, 1999