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Court refuses to dismiss claim for alleged violation of anti-retaliation provisions of False Claims Act
The United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia granted in part and denied in part a motion to dismiss filed by a health care system. In a lawsuit brought by a physician, it was alleged that the system retaliated against the physician, in violation of the False Claims Act (“FCA”) and the Virginia Fraud Against Taxpayers Act, in response to his repeated complaints about the system’s fraudulent activity, including the use of diagnostics breast ultrasounds for screening purposes and the routine use of breast MRIs for patients with a cancer diagnosis.
(U.S. ex rel. Oldham v. Centra Health, Inc.)
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“Over the past several years, our system has created a number of service lines. Each service line has a physician leader, along with an administrative and nursing leader. Originally, the focus of the service line was on operational issues. Now, the physician service line leaders want to be involved in credentialing, privileging, and peer review. The problem is that our medical staff bylaws don’t mention service line leaders. What should we do?”
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