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Sal A. Barbera

Sal Barbera

Sal Barbera is a former hospital CEO serving in that capacity for six (6) hospitals ranging in size from 95 beds to over 400 beds in both the proprietary and non-profit sector in Florida, Nevada, Louisiana, and Kentucky. In the early 90’s, Mr. Barbera was involved with creating and implementing an integrated delivery system for the largest non- profit system in the region and became nationally recognized for his expertise in physician/hospital integration strategies. As a result of this experience, Mr. Barbera was offered and served as the CEO for a physician practice management company in Florida for one of the largest proprietary health systems in the country. His expertise is in hospital management and governance, hospital-physician relationships, physician practice management, Stark and anti-kickback regulations.

In 1997, Mr. Barbera filed a qui tam action resulting in the largest recovery of a False Claims Act the United States has obtained from a single hospital from alleged violations of the Stark Statute. United States of America ex. rel. Sal A. Barbera v. Tenet Healthcare Corporation was settled in 2004 with Tenet agreeing to pay the United States $22.5 million to resolve allegations that one of its facilities improperly billed Medicare for millions of dollars for referrals provided by physicians with whom the hospital had prohibited financial arrangements. These arrangements were in the form of employment relationships and compensation schemes alleged above fair market value that provided unlawful inducements for patient referrals.

http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2004/March/04_civ_183.htm

In 1999, Mr. Barbera was selected to serve as the CEO for the first public/private partnership in the country. As the CEO for this state hospital in South Florida, Mr. Barbera directed this facility from the brink of closure to becoming one of the best state hospitals in the nation receiving national attention and recognition for its overwhelming success resulting in the development of similar models being initiated in other states.

Mr. Barbera is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and holds a bachelor degree from Florida Atlantic University and a master’s degree in healthcare management from Florida International University, where he currently teaches as a member of the adjunct faculty. Mr. Barbera is a founding partner of EthicSolutions LLC, which provides consultation services in all areas of healthcare fraud to attorneys and various government agencies.

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