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Indian Health Deal Goes to Man Linked to Accusations

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by Seth Tupper

A company chosen to potentially operate emergency departments at four Native American hospitals in the Great Plains is led by a man whose former company paid $10 million to settle allegations of submitting false claims to Medicare, Medicaid and other government programs.

John Shufeldt is the chief executive officer and chief medical officer of Tribal Emergency Medicine, aka Tribal EM, which is a Scottsdale, Ariz.-based company. Tribal EM and Central Care Inc., or CCI, of Alexandria, Va., were each awarded contracts Sept. 27 by the federal government’s Indian Health Service after a competitive bidding process.

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