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News and briefs: Mizz U. dean resigns during resident-billing investigation

Residency Program Insider, June 12, 2012

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Robert Churchill, dean of the University of Missouri Medical School, resigned amidst a federal fraud investigation. An internal audit found radiologists Kenneth Rall, MD, and Michael Richards, MD, illegally billed Medicare for services actually performed by residents, according to a stltoday.com article.

Rall stepped down as chair of the radiology department in December, but stayed on as a professor. The school dismissed Rall and Richards last week. School officials, conducting their own internal investigation, say that there is no evidence of patient harm as a result of the services rendered by the residents, according to the article.

Churchill was hired in October 2009 after the ACGME placed residency programs at the University of Missouri on probation for record-keeping problems and a lack of funding leading to residents taking on non-educational duties such as scheduling appointments.

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