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Halifax Whistle-Blower Case Could Settle

The Florida Channel
Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.

The board overseeing Halifax Health on Friday will consider settling a whistle-blower lawsuit that already has cost the publicly owned hospital $109 million, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

Several sealed documents were filed this week in the lawsuit filed in 2009 by whistleblower ElinBaklid-Kun, who alleges the hospital of overcharging Medicare and having illegal contracts with doctors, a violation of the federal Stark Law, the News-Journal reports. Other charges relate to the False Claims Act.

In May, the two sides unsuccessfully tried to reach a settlement, the News-Journal reports.

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