The University of Illinois paid $2 million -- double the alleged damages -- to resolve allegations that the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center improperly diagnosed and hospitalized liver transplant patients to move up them on the donor organ waiting list. The state and federal government intervened four months ago in a 1999 whistleblower lawsuit filed by a former UIC transplant surgeon, who will receive $500,000 of the settlement. The government contended that the medical center tried to advance patients on the waiting list so it could perform enough liver transplants to maintain Medicare and Medicaid certification. The medical center admitted no wrongdoing in the settlement and maintained that its conduct was "appropriate and lawful." Earlier this year, the University of Chicago Hospitals paid $115,000 and Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago paid $23,000 to settle similar allegations. -- by Mark Taylor
Ill. school settles alleged liver transplant fraud
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