UC Regents To Pay $1.2M Over Faulty Anesthesia Supervision

Law360, Washington (March 27, 2013, 7:16 PM EDT) -- The University of California Board of Regents will hand $1.2 million to the federal government to settle allegations that it let residents and nurse anesthetists administer anesthesia without proper supervision and made improper Medicare and Medicaid claims for anesthesia services, a whistleblower's attorney announced Wednesday.

David O'Connor, a former University of California, Irvine, professor and anesthesiologist, hit the university system with the qui tam suit in 2008, claiming UCI routinely prefiled anesthesia records to circumvent federal supervision regulations.

In many cases, anesthesiologists would be in separate...
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