Corporate Compliance

Whistle blown on six of Chicago's Rush University Medical clinic physicians

Compliance Monitor, July 14, 2010

Six physicians from Chicago’s Rush University Medical Clinic entered into a $1.5 million settlement with the Department of Justice (DOJ) for violating Medicare billing rules, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Under Medicare rules for surgical procedures, a teaching physician must be present during all critical portions of a procedure and immediately available to furnish services during the entire service. One example from the suit alleges that a Rush physician never entered the operating room to supervise a resident’s procedure. Another physician allegedly operated on a patient while simultaneously monitoring residents via video feed in a nearby room, according to the Tribune.

Robert S. Goldberg, MD, and June Beecham, a former administrator at the clinic, are the whistleblowers in this case.

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