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IU Health and HealthNet Sued for Fraud

Steve Wagner

Just one more way that the medical system is failing pregnant women and babies: IU Health is currently being sued for placing high-risk women under the care of non-medically trained providers, and pocketing money from their Medicaid claims.

Whistleblower

Dr. Judith Robinson, former director of women’s services at HealthNet and medical director of OB/GYN services at IU Methodist Health is telling the world how she was fired in 2013 for raising concerns about patient care in these facilities.

Robinson is claiming that doctors in these facilities placed high-risk, low-income women under the care of their midwifery branch, without the supervision of physicians, and then claimed these women had seen physicians on the Medicaid forms.

The facilities, Robinson says, pocketed millions of dollars by this method, and she believes these actions are responsible for the death of at least one mother, and the injury and brain damage of multiple infants.

The Lawsuit

The suit is being filed against HealthNet, a division of IU Health which serves lower income families. The suit was filed under the False Claims Act in December of 2013. We are just now hearing about it because it was sealed for privacy concerns, and was just recently opened in March.

The government, based on the findings in this suit, can now collect up to three times the amount of damages under this act, charging these facilities a penalty of up to $11,000 per false claim made through Medicaid.

Dr. Robinson is also seeking compensation and back pay for wrongful termination and damages.

Injured Mothers & Infants

If you trusted the HealthNet or IU Health system with your care during labor and delivery, and you or your baby suffered an injury or loss because of negligent or insufficient care, the medical malpractice and infant injury attorneys at Wagner Reese may be able to help you get compensation to cover your medical expenses based on the findings in this lawsuit. Call us today at (888) 204-8440 to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced and compassionate attorneys.

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