1st Circ. Revives Universal Health FCA Suit Over Poor Staff

Law360, Los Angeles (March 17, 2015, 9:36 PM EDT) -- The First Circuit on Tuesday revived a qui tam suit alleging Universal Health Services Inc. improperly billed the government for mental health services provided by unsupervised and unqualified staff, ruling state regulations explicitly required clinic directors to ensure proper supervision.

The decision almost entirely reverses U.S. District Judge Douglas P. Woodlock's dismissal of the suit, filed by the parents of Yarushka Rivera, who died in 2009 after suffering seizures allegedly caused by bad reactions to medicine she received from unlicensed counselors and nurses at a UHS satellite mental health center called Arbour Counseling Services. The relators alleged UHS improperly sought to...

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