8th Circ. Upholds Health Agency Officer's Firing

Law360, New York (July 11, 2011, 4:47 PM EDT) -- The Eighth Circuit said Monday that Iowa home health agency Universal Pediatric Services Inc. did not wrongly fire a high-ranking compliance officer who alleged that her refusal to submit a false Medicaid claim caused her termination.

The appeals panel ruled that the wrongful termination claim from a former vice president at UPSI, Julie Mahony, was flawed because a false reimbursement was never submitted.

While Mahony, whose main responsibility was Medicare and Medicaid compliance, had argued that the agency planned to prematurely open up a new office...
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