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Next Halifax Trial Focus: Bed Flipping

The second phase of a whistle-blower case brought against Halifax Health will focus on patient admissions and whether the hospital improperly charged Medicare for their stays, according to the Daytona Beach News-Journal.

When the trial starts in Orlando in July, attorneys for former employee and whistle-blower Elin  Baclid-Kunz will accuse Halifax of “flipping beds,” and collecting millions of dollars in reimbursement rates from Medicare for patients admitted without sufficient medical justification.

Earlier this month, Halifax agreedto pay $85 million in the first phase of the case for violating the Stark Law, which prohibits providers from paying doctors based on volume, the News Journal reports.

Originally founded in December 2006 as an independent grassroots publication dedicated to coverage of health issues in Florida, Health News Florida was acquired by WUSF Public Media in September 2012.