Court Allows Retaliation Claim under False Claims Act to Proceed
A Chief Medical Officer (“CMO”) claimed that a management company was directing hospital employees to bolster financials by increasing patient admissions.  The CMO submitted a letter to the District of Columbia Council reporting the management company’s alleged mismanagement. Shortly after, the hospital did not renew the CMO’s contract.  The CMO filed suit against the hospital and management company for retaliation under the False Claims Act, whistleblower discrimination, and wrongful discharge.  The United States District Court for the District of Columbia denied defendants’ motion to dismiss except for the claim relating to wrongful discharge. Craig v. Not for Profit Hospital Corp.