Thursday, October 10, 2013 – 09:00 a.m.
It’s been some time since federal authorities executed the November 2012 search warrant at San Bernardino County-owned and operated Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC).
The whole ordeal involved an investigation into, whether or not, free medical services afforded various elected and appointed officials violated state or federal law. An allegation of, whether or not, physicians were pressured to provide the services was also a focus.
Sources say a single memorandum has ended the investigation.
County officials took the position that an “improper” county policy allowing ARMC to waive “copays” for county employees, has caused authorities to back away. That policy was outlined in one single official memorandum. I was aware of the policy, and it didn’t say “free”. It said waiver of copay, meaning, like $10 or $15.
Even though some of the care was provided under fake names, and with no submission to insurers for reimbursement.