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Halifax Settlement Bill: $116 million

Halifax Health could be on the hook for $116 million to resolve part of a whistleblower lawsuit, the Daytona Beach News Journal reports.

Halifax Health last month agreed to pay $85 million to settle claims it maintained illegal contracts with doctors and for filing false Medicare claims,. Now attorneys for whistleblower Elin Baklid-Kunz want $10 million to cover legal fees. The hospital, which has spent $21 million on its own legal defense, did not say if it will pay the latest bill, according to the News Journal.

This request does not address the part of the lawsuit that continues, and is scheduled for trial in Orlando’s federal court in July. Baklid-Kunz’s attorneys, along with the U.S. Justice Department, seek an additional $246 million in claims that the hospital committed fraud by admitting patients for unneeded medical procedures, the News Journal reports.

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