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Judge Rules IU Health Whistleblower Case Should Move Forward

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Dr. Judith Robinson

The James Hoyer whistleblower case against HealthNet and IU Health, the largest health system in Indiana, will move forward.  The suit, brought by Dr. Judith Robinson, an ob/gyn and former director at both entities, alleges HealthNet and IU Health provided substandard care to low income pregnant women and fraudulently billed for their care.

Under Indiana Medicaid rules, high risk pregnant women must receive care from a doctor in order for that care to be reimbursed. Instead, the suit says IU Health and HealthNet used certified nurse midwives to provide their care, in what Dr. Robinson believes was a money saving scheme.

The latest development was reported in the Indianapolis Star and on WTHR TV in Indianapolis, which have been following the case over the past year.

“She (Dr. Robinson) brought this case to make sure Medicaid patients are getting the care they deserve. We believe allowing this lawsuit to go forward is a really strong step in that direction,” Jame Hoyer Partner Jillian Estes told WTHR.

 

Al Jazeera America Profiles Whistleblower Case Alleging Babies Endangered for Profit

James Hoyer Whistleblower Attorneys Represent Dr. Judy RobinsonDr. Judy Robinson, represented by James Hoyer whistleblower attorneys, filed a qui tam case that was the subject of an in-depth story on Al Jazeera America’s flagship news program America Tonight.  Dr. Robinson’s suit alleges poor, pregnant women and their newborn babies were put at risk in a fraud scheme designed to increase profit for Indiana’s largest healthcare system. Dr. Robinson’s suit alleges IU Health and HealthNet used midwives to care for high risk patients to save money.

Correspondent Lori Jane Gliha profiled high risk patients who suffered harm after getting the majority of care from midwives, instead of doctors.  Indiana Medicaid rules require that doctors handle the care of high risk, low income, pregnant mothers, not midwives, because complications can arise quickly and put mother and baby in danger. The video below is an excerpt from Gliha’s report.

 

 

Family Reacts to Whistleblower Suit against IU Health

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Dr. Judith Robinson

The NBC affiliate in Indianapolis continued its coverage of a whistleblower case filed by James Hoyer law firm client Dr. Judith Robinson.  In a powerful report, WTHR TV Investigative Reporter Sandra Chapman interviewed the mother of a maternity patient who died during childbirth at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

Dr. Robinson is a well-respected Obstetrician/Gynecologist who’s practiced in Indianapolis for 30 years. She chose to come forward as a whistleblower and put her career on the line after witnessing multiple violations of Medicaid rules, which she believes put pregnant women and their babies at risk.

Both WTHR and the Indianapolis Star told the story of Dr. Robinson’s whistleblower case in earlier reports.

Watch the video below to see WTHR’s latest story: “Mom dies during childbirth; Family reacts to $100M suit against IU Health.”

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Whistleblower Doctor Stands Up against Indiana’s Largest Hospital System: Says Care Compromised for Low Income Pregnant Women

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Dr. Judith Robinson

James Hoyer law firm client Dr. Judith Robinson is a well-respected Obstetrician/Gynecologist who’s practiced in Indianapolis for 30 years. She chose to come forward as a whistleblower and put her career on the line after witnessing a violation of Medicaid rules, which she believes put pregnant women and their babies at risk. The Indianapolis Star reported on Dr. Robinson’s recently unsealed False Claims Act case in a front page story in today’s paper.

Dr. Robinson was in a unique position to realize pregnant women on Medicaid who had high risk complications were being cared for by midwives, instead of doctors, in violation of Medicaid rules.  Dr. Robinson was both Medical Director of Ob/Gyn Services at Methodist Hospital, a  safety net Indiana University Hospital and Director of Women’s Services at HealthNet, which provides health care to the medically under served.

She repeatedly tried to get the hospital administration to address the need to have doctors treat high risk patients and not midwives. She documented 17 cases which resulted in emergencies, three of which resulted in permanent neurological damage to the babies and one maternal death.

Despite these serious issues, her efforts to correct the situation were rebuffed by the hospital administration multiple times and she was ultimately fired.  Dr. Robinson presented evidence in her whistleblower suit to show the hospital chose to use midwives, instead of doctors, to save money.  She refused to stay silent and is speaking out in the hopes that this practice will be stopped.

WTHR TV in Indianapolis profiled Dr. Robinson’s case as the lead story on its 6pm newscast.  Play the video below to watch.

Dr. Robinson now practices at another hospital in Indianapolis. Click here to read more about her courageous stand against Indiana’s largest hospital system.

Dr. Robinson is represented by James Hoyer attorneys Jillian Estes and Chris Casper, as well as, co-counsel Robert Saint of Indianapolis and Christopher Jayson and Phil Farthing of Tampa.