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Whistleblower Lawsuit Filed Against Halifax Health

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Halifax’s director of physicians services, Elin Baklid-Kunz filed a whistleblower lawsuit that claims that the public hospital has defrauded Medicare of tens of millions of dollars. The Department of Justice asked to join the lawsuit on September 9, after announcing that it had found probable cause that three neurosurgeons and six oncologists received improper Medicare payments.

According to the lawsuit, the hospitals top earner, neurosurgeon Federico Vinas, performed “inordinate and extremely high number of spinal fusion procedures,” more than double than the hospitals other two neurosurgeons. Vinas has also been accused of submitting bills for making rounds while it was actually an RN that was performing his rounds, The News Journal reported.

Baklid-Kunz made 15 claims in the lawsuit, including unnecessary patient admission and over billing government programs like Medicaid and Medicare. The DOJ said it that if found probable cause that the involved neurosurgeons and oncologists received “not commercially reasonable” payments, and illegally reflected the number of physician referrals for other services.

The lawsuit says that Baklid-Kunz repeatedly warned Halifax about legalities and was rebuffed.  Bakld-Kunz will be entitled to 15 to 25 percent of any money received by the government regarding the whistleblower lawsuit. disclaimer: This article: Whistleblower Lawsuit Filed Against Halifax Health was posted on Monday, September 19th, 2011 at 8:03 pm at and is filed under Fraud Lawsuits.

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