A $1 billion Medicare fraud lawsuit against Allina Hospitals and Clinics, Minneapolis, can proceed following the Supreme Court's refusal to consider Allina's appeal on its motion to dismiss the case. The 8-year-old suit filed by the Minnesota Association of Nurse Anesthetists accuses Allina, several of its hospitals and dozens of anesthesiologists of billing for work they didn't perform over a six-year period. Allina and the other defendants had argued that the anesthetists association didn't have standing to sue, but earlier this year the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said it did. The case is scheduled to go to trial Jan. 13. -- Patrick Reilly
Anesthetists can proceed with suit against Allina
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