A former chief information officer at Porter health system in Valparaiso, Ind., has dropped a federal lawsuit claiming that he was fired for trying to expose Medicare fraud and other wrongdoing at the hospital. Both sides agreed to dismiss the lawsuit with prejudice, meaning it cannot be refiled. The motion was filed in U.S. District Court in Hammond, Ind.
Documents filed in county court indicated that the sides had reached a settlement, but no details were disclosed, the Times of Munster reported. Sanjay Shah, the hospital's former vice president and CIO, had accused his former employer of firing him in March 2004 for shedding light on illegal activities at the hospital, including the billing of several patients -- including Medicare and Medicaid recipients -- for medical procedures that were never performed. Hospital officials had said that Shah was fired for performance reasons and that his lawsuit was without merit.