Vanderbilt University Medical Center has paid more than $6.5 million to resolve a whistleblower lawsuit alleging the hospital engaged in wrongful billing practices that resulted in it receiving higher reimbursements from Medicare and Medicaid. The settlement brings to an end a protracted dispute initiated by anesthesiologists formerly employed by VUMC. The physicians filed the lawsuit on behalf of the U.S. government and the state of Tennessee in 2011 under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act. The federal government and Tennessee government declined to intervene in the case, but the whistleblowers pressed ahead with their allegations. According to the ... Read More
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