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Halifax Health Defends Settlement

Halifax Health officials defended its $120-million federal whistleblower settlement at a town hall Monday, saying the lawsuit stemmed from a single line in a contract, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

Halifax Health CEO Jeff Feasel said the hospital was merely trying to maintain the community’s trauma unit and retain cancer doctors to treat indigent patients, but got caught up in confusing and “draconian” federal laws, the News-Journal reports.

An attorney for the whistleblower disagreed with Halifax’s assessment about contract language, telling the News-Journal the hospital created a bonus pool for physicians, which is against federal law.

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.